A labor shortage stands in the way of the clean energy transition

Mar 30, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act funds a huge green infrastructure buildout. But projects will need to attract and train more electricians.
Mia Clay, along with other high school students, are part of an electrician training program at Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake.
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Skilled trade programs are having a moment

Nov 8, 2022
College enrollment dropped significantly during the pandemic. One exception: skilled trade programs, which saw growth this year.
Jonathan Ellis says he chose a diesel and heavy equipment certificate "because when COVID happened, there weren't as many cars on the road, but the number of trucks on the road stayed the same.” Above, he replaces the brakes on a truck.
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