Harnessing the Power of the Sun for Real-Time Employer Connections
On Saturday, September 10, 2011, the NOVA Workforce Board and the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board partnered with SunPower Corporation to host over 150 job seekers at their San Jose campus. Included among attendees were recent graduates of NOVA’s solar sales training program, funded through a State of California Green Innovations Challenge grant. Through this partnership — Solar Partner Career Day — private industry and the public workforce system provided job seekers with relevant, timely industry information and directly connected them to hiring employers.
At Solar Partner Career Day, SunPower presented job seekers a broad overview of the San Francisco Bay Area solar market, as well as an industry panel’s deep insights. As moderator, SunPower’s Dave Loomis guided a discussion with seven South Bay and East Bay solar dealer representatives offering industry trends and company specific information. SunPower’s solar dealers at the event included Clean Solar, Energy Solutions, Green Power, NextEnergy, ProVoltz, Sunlogic, and Western Sun Systems. Job seekers gained insights into open positions, occupational requirements, territory descriptions, and company culture. Additionally, SunPower staff provided on-the-spot résumé critiques for job seekers.
Industry representatives connected one-on-one with job seekers to help them move their solar careers forward. As a result, many job seekers had interview pre-screens and landed strong job leads. One job seeker stated, “This was a win-win-win for everyone who attended…. I made the top five of all the candidates at the event. I'm now scheduled for a second interview.”
According to Dave Loomis, SunPower’s territory manager for the Bay Area, “SunPower's vision is ‘We change the way the world is powered’ and our mission is ‘We will install 10 gigawatts of SunPower by 2015’. Modules don't sell or install themselves so it is important to help our dealer partners find quality employees through community partnerships and events like this event with NOVA at our San Jose Headquarters.” Dave continued, “Creating jobs and more clean, green power with our community partners is a huge win for everyone involved. Thanks to NOVA for making a difference." The event was such a success that SunPower plans to duplicate the Solar Partner Career Day format at other locations across California.
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