October 7, 2021 was triumphant return of our Career Fair, sponsored by Southern California Edison in the service of our cause: clean energy jobs for Southern California. Since the onset of the pandemic, our Workforce Development events (aside from limited closed-session trainings) have all happened in online formats. With this October 2021 event, the second career event held entirely online, we're excited to see that digital divides can be surmounted for those in need … and that those who seek GRID Alternatives support to achieve their goals in the world of solar jobs are seizing the opportunity!
"I'm happy that a strong commitment to GRID's goals at our partner SCE has allowed the Career Fair to take place once again," said Adewale OgunBadejo, Workforce Development Manager. "I've been a part of all of our Career Fairs, and whether it's happening in Carson, Downtown Los Angeles, or on our supporters' phones and computers, people throughout our communities are constantly looking for venues to connect. GRID GLA looks forward to more hiring in this industry that will benefit diverse populations. Thank you to all of our participating companies!"
A wide variety of potential employers took part in the Career Fair's virtual iteration. (Some, like Ortega Solar, were giving interviewees up-close-and-personal looks at company culture by calling from the field and showing real jobsites!) From up-and-coming fast growers like Freedom Solar, Inc. to names on the Nasdaq Stock Market like SunPower, diverse entities from across the sector were represented by a panoply of hiring managers. One special exhibitor "booth" in the digital event even set candidates up in conversation with Habitat for Humanity, a longtime partner on GRID GLA single-family solar work.
"Having so many important job providers, many with longstanding relationships to GRID Alternatives, is a treat," noted Lillian Ma, Development Officer, in the aftermath of the successful event. "Not only are the companies we've brought together voicing their support for GRID's mission, they're helping those who have received our training complete the circle and go into paid employment." As we celebrate another Career Fair in the books, we're grateful at GLA for the thriving matrix of solar professionals that makes our unique tradition possible.
Want to know more about hiring trainees from our program? More information here.