IREC has just released its newest report, Renewable Energy Training: Best Practices and Recommended Guidelines, prepared by Jane Weissman, Jerry Ventre, Barbara Martin and Katie Bolcar.
Quality training for the workforce is a critical component to support labor market needs. Workforce education and training requires attention to at least three main components:
- Types of skills, skill sets, knowledge, and abilities
- Types of instructional activities that will promote different skills and skill sets
- Types of institutions that can provide the learning experiences.
The report, a detailed review in eight sections, contains recommended training guidelines, training criteria, assessment tools, task analyses, credentialing programs, and other related resources for renewable energy training programs:
- Section 1 – Guidelines for Training
- Section 2 – The Task (Job) Analysis
- Section 3 – Types of Educational Programs
- Section 4 – Essential Steps of Designing a Training Course
- Section 5 – A Checklist for Assessing Learning Outcomes
- Section 6 – Certification & Accreditation
- Section 7 – Equipment Recommendations for Training
- Section 8 – Resources & Text Books
The report also includes articles on solar water heating training programs by John Harrison, Florida Solar Energy Center, and wind electric systems training programs by Roy Butler, Four Winds Renewable Energy.