SOLV Energy and Solar Energy International (SEI) announced [last week] their partnership to create the SEI Women in Solar program to empower women and non-binary people around the world through solar energy training, networking, mentorship, and energy employer/employment relations own.
The goal of this program is to create a global network of women and non-binary people who are considering career paths in the clean energy sector and to support solar professionals actively working in the industry who want to advance their careers. The program includes free access to the SEI Women in Solar online community for career resources and networking, a mentorship webinar series, and scholarships for tuition-based SEI online courses and the annual SEI Women’s Week. in Solar Hands-on Lab.
In SEI’s more than 30 years of educational service in the clean energy sector, we have served tens of thousands of women around the world. Elizabeth Sanderson, Executive Director of SEI, said: “As an organization, we are proud to have one of the largest teams of female instructors, program developers, staff members and women in charge of all industry solar training providers. That said, there is still a lot of work to do. »
The SOLV partnership allows SEI to develop more training opportunities with new pathways to the many different types of jobs in the solar industry.
The solar industry offers many job opportunities, ranging from sales and finance to design and engineering, and other knowledge-based positions in addition to field jobs. Since the beginning of the deployment of solar energy at the residential, commercial and utility scale, women have played a vital role in the physically demanding aspect of the installation of the solar industry. Among these pioneers of solar energy, many women hold leadership positions and perform the intellectual work necessary for the prosperity and growth of the industry.
According to the National Solar Job Census, women make up just under 30% of the solar workforce in 2020. Other data highlights the gender disparities that exist: only 28% of women in the solar industry hold leadership, executive, or president positions, and the differences are even starker for women of color.
A 2020 Women in the Workplace report from McKinsey & Company found that white women in corporate America hold 23% of senior vice president and 19% of leadership roles, compared to 5% and 3% respectively for women. of color.
Women of color in the solar industry report that they often have to prove their competence and find it difficult to connect with people in charge of hiring decisions. Data from the industry diversity study reflects this trend – three of the top five recruitment methods used by survey respondents relied on personal and professional networks to fill vacancies. SEI’s Women in Solar strives to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive clean energy workforce by offering programs and services to help empower these underserved and marginalized communities of women.
“Advancing equity and inclusion within our teams creates innovative, more resilient businesses and a stronger solar industry,” said Jennifer Hershman, Director of Community Relations for SOLV Energy. “There are incredible career opportunities for women of all backgrounds and experiences in solar, and SOLV Energy is pleased to partner with SEI to help open the doors of our industry to a more diverse workforce.
For more information, visit SEI’s Women in Solar program.
Article published with the kind permission of Solar Energy International (SEI).
Learn more about Solar Energy International (SEI): For over 30 years, SEI has been dedicated to educating the world’s solar energy workforce. SEI provides online and hands-on experience, safety and technical skills training in solar energy to evolve the global workforce at a pace that has a significant impact on climate change, qu Whether it’s equipping utilities with the skills to operate large-scale solar farms or helping people access clean, reliable installations. energy for the first time. SEI has a proven track record of providing greater diversity and inclusion while providing the essential professional solar education needed to succeed in the photovoltaic industry. Our goal is to empower students, alumni, and partners to expand a diverse, inclusive, well-trained, and educated solar power workforce and spread knowledge on how to deploy safe state-of-the-art technology. Our goal is to mitigate climate change, promote sustainable economic growth and support energy independence.
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