Apprenticeships are where the next generation of electricians, solar installers, wind turbine technicians, plant operators, and other skilled workers needed for the clean energy workforce will be trained.

The Urban Energy Apprenticeship Readiness Program is a pre-apprenticeship program launched last fall as a joint initiative of the National Urban League (NUL) and the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD).

The program aims to prepare up to 1,000 new workers from underrepresented populations to begin careers in clean energy.

The hope is to add more locations for the program, which the Urban League is launching at five affiliates in: Louisiana, Chicago, Houston, Louisville, and St. Louis.

The program is funded under a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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