New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced his state’s participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets training program, which trains military personnel stationed at Fort Drum, New York for work in the solar industry when they leave active duty.
“Soldiers and veterans have the experience and know-how to get the job done,” said Cuomo. “The dramatic growth of solar in New York is creating demand for highly skilled workers. Offering these heroes valuable training and the technical skills needed to work in this rapidly growing industry not only helps veterans succeed post service but helps all of us create a more sustainable future.”
The DOE launched the Solar Ready Vets program in September 2014 to prepare veterans for post-military careers in the solar industry, with jobs in installation, sales and inspection. The program is aligned with the Department of defense’s SkillBridge initiative, offering military personnel job training up to six months prior to leaving the military.
The Solar Ready Vets training program is offered at eight military installations in the country. The first New York-based class begins Jan. 11.