ReVision Energy has launched an electrical apprenticeship school at its New Hampshire headquarters in Brentwood. The new ReVision Energy Technical Center (RETC), approved by the state, will allow workers (with or without a college degree) to complete the requisite classroom training and hands-on experience to become certified electricians, all while earning a competitive wage as an electrical apprentice and employee-owner of ReVision Energy.
The school will be led by ReVision Energy master electrician Nathan Poland, a former electrical technology instructor and director of the NH state electrical apprenticeship program at Dover School of Technology. Poland says the program will allow workers without a four-year degree to develop valuable skills and to advance in their fields. “Apprenticeship in the trades is a solid career choice, as is choosing the path of a post-secondary, two or four-year college,” he says.
Poland says as an apprentice can earn about $14 per hour and after four years in the program, they will be able to sit for the journeyman electrician certification test and go on to earn $25 an hour, he says.
“As the second-oldest state in the country, New Hampshire urgently needs to attract young workers in the skilled trades, and we believe solar is one of the most promising win-win opportunities out there,” says Dan Weeks, ReVision Energy’s director of market development. “Already our state is home to over 70 solar businesses, which contribute over $150 million to the state economy annually and employ more than 1,000 workers. Now we have a chance to grow those numbers exponentially with trade schools like this and a forward-looking energy strategy in Concord.”
A statement from Revision Energy referenced Stanford University research that claims transitioning the state to 100 percent clean energy would create more than 16,000 permanent, local jobs in the coming decades while addressing climate change and bringing down energy costs. There is currently a severe shortage of skilled workers to meet the demand for solar installations nationwide.