Florida solar organizations to host job fair to kick off state’s Solar Energy Apprenticeship

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The group behind the Florida Solar Energy Apprenticeship is first solar apprentice In a country registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Fair December 8, 2022, to celebrate the program.

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This apprenticeship was developed by the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). The Solar Energy Apprenticeship Program, approved by the Florida Department of Education, is intended to ensure that Florida continues to produce well-trained and highly qualified solar energy technicians.

“We have been working on the Solar Energy Apprenticeship for the past year. Through the efforts of the FSEC, FlaSEIA and a professional group of solar contractors, solar companies across the Sunshine State are Grow your solar installation workforce,” said Colleen McCann Kettles, secretary of the Solar Apprenticeship Board and FSEC Director of Workforce and Business Development.

The Solar Energy Apprenticeship consists of 4,000 hours of on-the-job training and 296 hours of classroom training over two years.

“This will give Florida contractors access to well-trained solar energy technicians who can install both solar and solar hot water systems,” said Co-Chair of the Solar Apprenticeship Board. Yes, said Rick Gilbert, executive vice president of Solar Source.

“The Solar Energy Apprenticeship provides a special pathway for Floridians wishing to participate in the burgeoning solar industry and provides Florida contractors with the assurance that the apprentices hired are well-rounded, competent individuals, Gives confidence that they are the future assets of the company.Chairman of the Apprenticeship Board and President of Energy Technology Services.

The Florida Solar Energy Apprenticeship program will begin recruiting additional solar employers interested in joining the program in the coming months.

“For more than 40 years, FlaSEIA has advocated for policies and programs that support Florida’s solar contractors,” said Wendy Parker, Executive Director of FlaSEIA. “We are always listening to our members and the Solar Energy Apprenticeship is the latest program to help our contractors grow and sustain their businesses.”

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