Strategies for Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Military Talent

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This guide from Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presents strategies for employers to recruit, hire, and retain military talent.

The solar industry offers a collaborative and purpose-driven environment that resonates with military service members and veterans looking to rise to their next challenge. According to IREC’s National Solar Jobs Census, veterans comprise about 8% of the solar workforce (compared to 5% of the overall U.S. economy). However, to fully tap into and invest in this exceptional talent, the solar industry must intentionally cultivate a culture, along with policies and processes, to demonstrate that it values the unique assets military talent offers.

This guide is intended to support solar employers with resources, strategies, and best practices to recruit, hire, and retain veteran talent across all levels and sectors of the solar workforce.

Beginning with the value proposition for investing in military talent, the toolkit also explores the process of attracting and hiring veterans, best practices for successful onboarding, and retention strategies.

This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration under Contract number [1605C2-23-C-0015], the contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of same by the U.S. Government.