Workforce Partnerships: leveraging networks and resources

The workforce development system manages the long-term process of supporting regional talent development and retention based on labor market trends. Led by the industry, effective workforce development strategies align training with in-demand skills, through collaboration and information sharing among broad and diverse stakeholders:

Workforce Development

Organizations providing business support services, including workforce development boards and American Job Centers

Education & Training

Institutions such as K-12, community colleges, universities, short term training programs, career technical education

Economic Development

Agencies focused on business attraction, retention, and expansion such as government agencies and chambers of commerce

Community Organizations

Additional nonprofits and community agencies that address challenges individuals face in obtaining skills and employment


Sector partnerships are efforts among industry stakeholders to collectively engage the public workforce development system.  Convened at local or regional scales, sector partnerships address common workforce challenges and identify collaborative solutions. 


Employer-trainer partnerships for hands-on education are a key part of supporting a job-ready solar workforce. Work-based learning includes a range of employer-led activities related to career development, from informal, short-term engagements to more structured skill-based programs.

THE BUSINESS CASE for solar workforce development

  • Develop a coordinated, cohesive industry voice to communicate labor market information and influence policy

  • Externalize the cost of training and hiring with business support services and funds for targeted skill development

  • Plan for long-term stability by aligning training curriculum with actual workforce needs

  • Improve localized talent development, attract strong candidates, and retain quality employees

  • Support regional capacity for adaptive management as solar markets continue to expand and evolve

Industry-led initiatives that:

  • IMPROVE communication among regional networks,

  • INTEGRATE solar careers into the existing workforce development system, and

  • INVEST in the skill sets of people who power the industry…

…are essential to build capacity as solar continues to lead job growth of the  American energy sector.

Ready to engage with partners and build your network?

Check out Section 5 of our toolkit to review the sector partnership checklist, then head over to the Workforce Partnerships Directory to get started