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RETI Workforce Training

The US solar energy market is booming and now is the time to learn the skills needed to start a career in Solar Panel Installation. In partnership with Good Shepherd Services, SBIDC, RHI, and BWI, RETI Center has been offering certified solar energy installation training to teach Red Hook residents practical skills in basic carpentry, electrical wiring, solar panel installation, construction math, and using tools.

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Resilience Labor Market Study

RETI Center partnered with South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp to conduct a labor market analysis and related consultancy services to underpin the development of a resiliency workforce training program to target entry-level employees defined as workers with less than a college degree and limited work experience. This was funded by the Goveror's Office of Storm Recorvery New York Rising CBDG funds.

The consultant team, led by Eco-Strategies Consulting, and supported by Karp Strategies and the New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS) (collectively, “the Team”), conducted a multi-pronged research effort including in depth, quantitative labor market analyses and over 30 qualitative interviews with employers, training providers, and industry stakeholders to gain a detailed understanding of the current labor market conditions of the resiliency sector and the opportunity for Red Hook residents to enter this market.

Key Findings from the analysis include; 

  • Construction is the largest resiliency-related sector, followed by real estate; both sectors are projected to grow between 2012-2022.

  • The projected implementation pipeline is still unclear for many large-scale resiliency projects. Without a sense of the timing and hiring needs for these efforts, it is not possible to come up with a specific number of future jobs.

  • Many jobs in the resiliency market are seasonal or project-based, with the main exception of those in building operations and maintenance.

  • Most resiliency-related employers are small (average of seven employees).

  • Training jobs are seen as useful filtering mechanisms for employers to more easily locate potential hires with interest in and some knowledge of the resilience field. that said, most  employers train entry-level employees on the job.

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