National Apprenticeship Week: Growing the Solar Workforce

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

Building a career in America’s clean energy workforce

This week is the Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week – a week dedicated to spotlighting and celebrating the unique and empowered paths that apprentices take to form their careers.

In the electrical field there’s a very specific path by which apprentices gain certification, become certified electrical “Journeymen,” and potentially Master Electricians. This process is easy to get into, but can seem intimidating without the right support and guidance. That’s why Ideal Energy has developed an apprenticeship program and offers support to our outstanding employees who are looking to advance a career in renewable energy.

Our Apprenticeship Program:

  • Trains a skilled workforce for solar – one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy
  • Supports entry-level and experienced electrical apprentices through their certification process
  • Provides competitive pay alongside expertise and training to apprentices to during their certifications
  • Gives apprentices the opportunity to gain experience with cutting-edge renewable energy solutions alongside classical electrical skills
  • Fosters success as an Journeyman in a highly marketable and limitless trade

Why become an Elecetrical Apprentice?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that as the U.S. economy grows with 11.5 million jobs over the next decade, solar employment will increase by 105 percent — more than any other occupation in the United States. Building a clean energy economy in the Midwest requires a workforce that can design, deploy and service the advanced clean energy solutions that we’re implementing today at Ideal Energy, including solar and battery energy storage.
Electricians are in short supply, and we want to help men and women grow within a trade that’s reshaping the future. Electricity is all around us and used in nearly every part of our modern lives. The applications for the electrical trade are endless. We are reshaping our energy future with clean energy technologies like solar, and battery energy storage and it’s an exciting time to partake in this change.

Celebrating the Ideal Energy Electrical Teams

This week we’d like to celebrate our apprentices and the Master Electrician who oversees our program. Our apprenticeship program is helping to establish quality job opportunities while building our nation’s clean energy workforce. Throughout the week we’ll be sharing the unique stories and perspectives from our electrical team, and give you an idea of what it’s like to be an apprentice in at Ideal Energy.

Brian Robbins, Master Electrician

Brian Robbins is Ideal Energy’s resident Master and NABCEP Certified Electrician, and head of our apprenticeship program.

He started at Ideal Energy in 2013 with some electrical apprenticeship hours under his belt, but needed to complete is electrical coursework and on-the-job training hours before he could become a Journeyman.

Brian became the first participant in Ideal Energy’s apprenticeship program, and is now a Master Electrician. His NABCEP Certification – the gold standard of electrical certifications – was also attained along the way. In addition to overseeing all electrical teams at Ideal Energy, Brian now supervises our growing apprenticeship program.

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