Energy Sector's Hiring Plans Challenged by Skills Shortage
- July 11, 2017
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The 2017 Survey of Energy & Energy Efficiency Workforce Needs was commissioned by the
With rising national attention on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other enerji solutions,
Currently, there are 63,000 jobs in the energy industry at 5,600 businesses in
The largest share of these employ :es work in high efficiency HVAC and renewable heating and cooling firms, followed by traditional HVAC.
And this number is rising, with employers planning to increase hiring over the next five years.
Of those surveyed, 56% plan to hire in the next 12 months, 82% in the next three years, and 61% within five years.
"The state has responded robustly to the needs of the manufacturing sector," said Aidrea Comer, Vice President of Workforce Strategies,
"While the need in terms of numbers in the energy sector may not be as high, the aging of the workforce is just as real.
"We must be committed to ensuring that all businesses in the state have the talent pipeline needed to thrive and contribute to our economy's health."
More than half of respondents (57%) have difficulties acquiring entry-level workers for jobs related to energy and energy efficiency activities- in particular, HVAC and plumbing.
The biggest barriers related to hiring these employees include lack of required technical skills/ certifications (73°/°) and basic career competencies such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving (45%).
"Statewide, we see a growing need for trained technicians to work in energy efficiency and weatherization programs," said
"We support efforts to close the gaps between workforce training and clean energy industry needs, including the Energy Management degree program at
Addressing the Skills Shortage
? State regional workforce development boards should provide entry-level training in the energy sector for unemployed and underemployed individuals.
? Work-based learning programs that partner with the
? Support the establishment of a
? Invest in community college-based stackable certificate and associate degree programs to fill gaps in training for entry-level and career changing employees in the practical skills needed by energy auditors, analysts, and building automation technicians.
? Replicate education programs that enhance 2lst century soft skills.
The 2017 Survey of Energy & Energy Efficiency Workforce Needs was distributed to 820 businesses in
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