Clean Energy
Apprenticeships

FAQs

Apprentices are paid, full-time employees who learn on the job under the supervision of a mentor and receive supplemental classroom instruction. Apprentices work toward a nationally recognized credential which they are skilled practitioners in their fields. Apprenticeships can be found in a wide range of professions, and they are increasingly popular in clean energy industries like solar and battery storage, wind, and building performance. 

Apprenticeships typically take between two to five years to complete. An apprenticeship program is called a “Registered Apprenticeship” if it has been validated to meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency.

Apprenticeships bring many benefits to both job seekers and employers. The “earn while you learn” model allows job seekers to obtain recognized credentials while continuing to earn a paycheck. Apprenticeship programs have been shown to reduce employee turnover, increase productivity, and improve recruitment. Apprenticeships are also a proven way to recruit people from diverse backgrounds including women; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); young people; disabled people; and veterans.

If you’re a clean energy employer interested in launching a Registered Apprenticeship program, you’ve come to the right place. The Apprenticeships in Clean Energy (ACE) Network offers technical assistance at no cost to help you either start your own Registered Apprenticeship program or join a group program with other employers. We also offer financial assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. Read our one-page flyer to learn more about the ACE Network. (Link: About the Apprenticeships in Clean Energy (ACE) Network) To get started, fill out our intake form with your information, and we will get back to you shortly.

If you’re a job seeker interested in joining an apprenticeship program—or simply want to explore your options—we’re here to help. Visit our Connect Now page (link: Connect Now, filtered to Registered Apprenticeships) and enter your zip code to find apprenticeship programs led by employers, community colleges, labor unions, nonprofit organizations, and others. If you lead a Registered Apprenticeship program for clean energy occupations and are interested in being listed on this page, contact us here.(link: email to [email protected])

Apprenticeships in Clean Energy (ACE) Network

We provide free technical assistance and financial incentives to help clean energy and energy efficiency employers set up or join Registered Apprenticeship programs. To get started, fill out our contact form.

Registered Apprenticeships Toolkit for Clean Energy Employers

This toolkit will take you step by step through the process of developing Registered Apprenticeships in the clean energy sector.

Clean Energy Apprenticeship Resources

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Explore our Resource Hub for employers and training providers interested in Registered Apprenticeships.

Advancing in Your Career

Jeffrey served in the military for 13 years before joining an apprenticeship program as a solar operations and maintenance technician.

Our Partners

The Apprenticeships in Clean Energy Network is a collaborative effort among a diverse network of partners providing free technical assistance to help employers set up or join Registered Apprenticeship programs.

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