RES tapped as official Apprenticeship Ambassador to Dept. of Labor
Renewable energy group RES announced that the US Department of Labor has recognized the company as an apprentice ambassador. Ambassadors will serve as champions in promoting, expanding and diversifying registered apprenticeships and strengthening the country’s workforce. By becoming an Ambassador, RES is committed to promoting registered apprenticeships as a valuable workforce strategy within the renewable energy industry, striving to develop and expand opportunities for those historically underserved.
“We are so proud to be recognized by the Department of Labor for our commitment to diversifying and supporting the US workforce,” said John Rohde, CEO of RES in the Americas. “Through our apprenticeship program, we will bring in strong new talent in the renewable energy sector.”
Renewable energy apprenticeships will soon become even more important as companies need to hire a certain number of them to receive the full ITC.
As part of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative adopted in 2021, ambassadors will:
- Promote and raise awareness of the benefits of registered apprenticeship in the US for industry, employers, career seekers, educators and communities as a whole
- Identify and scale innovative practices and partnerships to modernise, strengthen and accelerate the adoption of registered apprenticeships
- Increase access and support for underrepresented and disadvantaged populations in registered apprenticeship, including women, youth, people of color, rural communities, those involved in the justice system and people with disabilities
- Communicate the business case for Registered Apprenticeship as a mainstream workforce strategy for demanding industries and creating good job opportunities for all Americans across the economy
RES has pledged to develop best practices to bridge the gap between standard training and real education and understanding. The company will also host organizational open days on behalf of the Department of Labor for prospective students, education, training or other stakeholders, as well as a variety of other efforts to support the success of U.S. workers, employers and communities across the country.
The RES apprenticeship program was launched in 2014 and has grown rapidly since then, with a 540% increase in enrollments. In 2021, RES restructured its program to create four unique pathways for a learner, where a learner could gain experience within Substation, Distribution or Transmission, or rotate between all three as part of the apprentice HV Electrician. RES currently has 32 students in the program, compared to just five in 2019.
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