Training and Jobs in the 21st Century: Neither Your Father’s Training (Nor Job)

Back in March, NPR ran a story about the disconnect between the current inventory of jobs in the U.S. and the skills required to do those jobs. I listened to it again, and it hit me as powerfully the second time as it did the first time.

If, as the story suggests, manufacturing is still a viable job sector in the U.S., and the demand for those jobs requires a new, skilled worker, what kind of training are we talking about? Who’s doing the training? How do you know it’s the right kind of training? How fast are people getting trained?

Call me crazy, but the essay reinforced the value of IREC’s ISPQ credential, and magnified the importance of DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network. With a credentialed infrastructure firmly in place, can a highly-qualified, well-trained clean energy workforce be far behind? What do you think?

Circle Monday, October 17 on your calendar for IREC’s Annual Meeting in Dallas. No charge for IREC members in good standing as of August 1st (email me to confirm member status). You’re coming, right?

Until we see each other again, here’s to your continually inspiring work.


By Jane Pulaski
July 1, 2011


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