Together, the American Wind Energy Association and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are hosting a series of workforce webinars. You can register here: https://engage.awea.org/Events/Calendar-of-Events
August 10, noon MT, 2 – 3 pm Eastern – Understanding the Energy Workforce
This session will bring energy workforce experts to discuss the recently published 2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, highlighting CleanTech Employment and exploring initial and ongoing impacts from COVID-19. To further understand the state of the wind workforce, NREL will present initial findings from its most recent research study, investigating the gap between industry and students finding qualified workers or employment opportunities!
August 11, noon MT, 2 – 3 pm Eastern – Expanding the Workforce Development Scope
During this session, Rebecca Lamb from the NEED and Michael Arquin of KidWind will facilitate a discussion with a panel of industry, educators, and students, highlighting the importance of and opportunities for partnering in workforce development and renewable energy education at young ages.
August 12, 9:30am MT, 11:30 – 1 pm Eastern – The Higher Education Pipeline: Solutions to Connecting Industry & Potential Workforce
This session will feature two panel sessions, the first providing an opportunity for industry to learn about undergraduate and graduate programs that provide students with opportunities for wind R&D, and hands-on experience. The second panel will present preliminary findings from NREL’s latest workforce gaps analysis, discussing opportunities for students to gain experience, exploring options for connecting industry and the potential workforce, including examples from other renewable industries.