Overview

Ambition: The larger ambition is to use this pilot to create a model that can be replicated and scaled to other communities in Canada with the broader goal of training 1,000 fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers across Canada into renewables.

The Renewable Skills Initiative is designed to empower fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to fill these new jobs and build the infrastructure required to meet climate targets. Phase 1 and 2 are primarily focused on solar and wind energy training, combined with energy transition education and career development support. Future phases will include training on energy technologies that have the highest job growth prospects, such as energy efficiency retrofits.

In Phase 1, Iron & Earth and the Louis Bull Tribe completed the Louis Bull Solar Daycare project, where 10 fossil fuel industry workers and 5 Louis Bull Tribe community members were trained in solar through the installation of an 8kW solar energy system on the roof of the community daycare. The goal of Phase 2 is to establish a foundation required to bring similar training programs to over 70 communities and 1000 workers across Canada by 2026.

During Phase 2 Iron & Earth will develop five customized sustainable energy programs, test these newly designed programs out for the first time, build capacity to scale training delivery, and iterate the programs. Upon program graduation, trainees will be able to participate in sustainable energy project design, installation and maintenance. Phase 2 will also ensure these trainees are supported over six months to find such job opportunities.

Challenges

There are three challenges facing this initiative. Project financing through business and government is crucial to achieve the installation and delivery of the program. The success of this program depends on applying new learning and shifting careers so recruiting and supporting trainees in the long run will be an important step in this initiative. The business model and strategy to scale up is another challenge that is being considered for this pilot, as the ambition is to scale and replicate this initiative in other communities.

Initiative Status

In April 2019, the EFL hosted the Community Resilience Accelerator, which focused on advancing four initiatives with the help of EFL Fellows, Parters, and industry subject matter experts. One of the initiatives advanced was Louis Bull Renewable Schools Pilot. Learn more about the challenge put out for EFL community here.

Phase 2 includes four milestones through 2020 and 2021
Milestone #1: Develop five sustainable energy training programs
Milestone #2: Develop the capacity to scale training delivery
Milestone #3: Deliver programs & complete installations
Milestone #4: Evaluate, iterate and certify programs