Solar training improves skills​ and career opportunities for​ Cowessess young adults

In spring 2021, Relay Education partnered with the Electricity and Human Resources Council (EHRC) and Cowessess First Nation to deliver a subsidized training program for unemployed and underemployed young people who want a career in the renewable energy sector.

This program aims to address specific barriers to employment that youth encounter. The program was designed collaboratively with Cowessess band members to offer a solar training program, which would help youth from the first nation gain valuable certifications and skills for work in solar energy. The program was completed over four weeks being delivered by Lethbridge College.

Aidan Thompson, program participant from Cowessess First Nation

Project outcomes:

  • 5 participants from Cowessess First Nation graduated
  • Participants attended Lethbridge College for four weeks of solar PV technical training and operations, electrical training and safety, as well receiving certifications, training and other course lessons
  • Two participants were hired during the course by companies working in green energy
  • Increased their desirability for jobs in solar, energy and other sectors
  • 100% of students increased their skills in solar power and panel installation
  • Participants awarded certifications in Fall Protection Safety, Electrical Safety for Non-Electrical Workers, Forklift Training, WHIMIS, Standard First Aid and CPR training
  • Furthered their education by completing Basic AutoCAD training, studying Math Foundations, Measurements and Calculations, Basics of Electricity, etc.

Ashleigh Dawn, program participant from Cowessess First Nation

Cowessess First Nation Community Info:

  • Population: 4,302
  • Treaty 4
  • 99,948 acres of land
  • Aims to be renewable​ energy leader ​
  • Solar/Wind energy storage project
  • Renewable energy projects on municipal buildings
  • Partner in new solar project being built

A key part of Canada’s green economic recovery is workers having access to training which will help them find good jobs. Relay Education is providing training, internships, and career workshops to youth across Canada to help prepare them for the green economy.