Strata Solar, a major player in North Carolina’s solar energy industry based in Chapel Hill, worked with business services staff in the Triangle Worksource (TWS) region to fill available jobs for their upcoming solar field construction projects. TWS is a partnership of the five workforce development boards – Capital Area, Durham, Kerr-tar, Regional Partnership and Triangle South. Together they service individuals and businesses in the 13-county Research Triangle economic development region. The boards have a long history of collaboration and were able to formalize the partnership with a grant from the NC Department of Commerce.
Strata Solar is a company that values working closely with workforce development boards located wherever their major projects are being built. Their strategy is to build solar farms in regional ‘clusters’ so that employees can move from one job to the next, creating sustainable long term job growth.
Business services staff within TWS worked together to coordinate and host regional hiring events where Strata Solar interviewed applicants and offered jobs onsite. One event was held at the Wake County Southern Regional Center within Capital Area in November 2012 and two additional events in Regional Partnership’s area followed in December 2012 and January 2013. The business services team publicized the events throughout the region’s JobLink Centers and with contractors and partners. As a result, these events alone resulted in approximately 100 job offers.
Strata Solar also has solar farms under construction or planned outside of TWS’ service area, including the Piedmont, coastal plain and other regions throughout the state. The company offers defined career ladders for those wanting to make a career in solar energy and they continue to work with business services teams to recruit individuals interested in the solar field.