During national Apprenticeship Week, we’re taking a look inside Ideal Energy’s electrical apprenticeship program and the careers that are reshaping our energy future

Apprenticeships: Creating Clean Jobs for the American Workforce

Apprenticeship is on the rise, and for good reason.

Trade fields are booming. Experienced and skilled tradesman are in short supply, especially in the solar industry.

Growth in new installations and maintenance of existing installations is skyrocketing. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), forecasts call for “an acceleration of solar deployment in the second half of 2018 driven by utility-scale projects. According to the report, 8.5 gigawatts of utility PV projects were procured in the first six months of the year, the most ever procured in that timeframe. This includes 26 projects exceeding 100 megawatts.”

The SEIA predicts that this growth is just the beginning, so skilled electricians will be in even higher demand.

Source: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Apprenticeship is a hands-on and supported way of breaking into a field.

Many career paths can be intimidating and difficult to navigate. Apprenticeships are a structured and generally easy-to-follow path toward fulfilling careers and opportunities.

Many apprentices get paid to work during their learning periods.

As is the case in the Ideal Energy apprenticeship program, apprentices are paid while completing their training, have options for full financial assistance in paying for school, and are able to work toward their licensing or certifications while making a living.

Formal degrees are not right for everyone – and that’s okay.

Many people have grown up thinking that a traditional degree is the only ticket to a fulfilling career, but many individuals actually benefit much more from the hands-on, detailed, and structured nature of trade field training and licensing programs. Having guides and partners in learning is what apprenticeships are all about.

Electricians are in high demand, and the electrical field is one that has an extremely bright outlook. Technological advancements, developments in renewable energy, and research into sustainability all go hand in hand with what we do – we need future-minded individuals to take on the challenges of creating a better and more sustainable future.

Interested in an electrifying career?

Check out our job openings.

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