From resume rebuilding to job searching, Swords to Plowshares’ Employment and Training Department provides a variety of services for our veterans. Many veterans that seek our assistance are interested in switching careers or finding one that fits them best. With a new career comes new skill sets, and that is where our organization plays a big role in providing sponsored training for enrolled clients.
The veterans kicked off the training by familiarizing themselves with an introduction to solar power and safety practices. They had the chance to learn about solar sales and how to effectively pitch solar energy for interested clients. Trainers from GRID Alternatives provided a step-by-step tutorial on solar design and the importance of placement for efficient solar energy. From there, veterans participated in on-going projects, which allowed them to get hands-on installation training. The week finished with a networking event hosted by GRID Alternatives helping our veterans connect with a few of the Bay Area’s leading solar companies.
The success of our first cohort in the spring led us to partner up with GRID Alternatives again during the summer. By the end of July, we hosted our second cohort with a total of 12 veterans participating and completing our trainings. Since completion of the training, 10 veterans have already secured employment, with half finding jobs directly connected to the solar field.
If you are an employer interested in learning about how you can support and hire veterans, please email us at [email protected].