Program helps connect new Mainers with jobs in renewable energy – WGME

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PORTLAND (WGME) – A program is shining a light on new Mainers, helping to connect them with job opportunities in the field of renewable energy.

Tuesday, a dozen electrical pre-apprentices installed solar panels on a practice roof.

It’s part of ReVision Energy’s eight-week pre-apprenticeship program.

New Mainers learn about safety and experience hands-on training on solar and heat pump installation, a growing field with a shortage of workers.

After finishing the program, pre-apprentices will earn an OSHA 10 certification and be ready to become electrical apprentices.

“I think one of the hardest things about moving to a new place is having to leave your talent on the table as you get a certification, or you’re missing the certification, that’s in your new location,” ReVision Energy Training Center Director Brie O’Malley said. “And I love this program, because we get to be one of the bridging opportunities, because we take someone’s skills and let them do the thing they love.”

Those behind the program say 60 percent of participants who looked for a job in renewable energy last year found one.

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