Greater diversity benefits both the employer and employee. Years of studies have proven that workforce diversity and cultural inclusivity create stronger, more innovative, and more resilient organizations. Gender and racial diversity are clearly correlated with profitability, improving a company’s market performance and overall bottom-line.
While Austin has grown a thriving local clean energy industry, more could be done to improve diversity in the workforce. People of color (with the exception of Hispanics) and women are underrepresented in the solar workforce. Studies show the lack of diversity stems in part from the industry’s reliance on word-of-mouth recruitment techniques and general unfamiliarity about the industry’s viable career pathways within educational and training programs.
NATiVE Solar recognizes how the solar workforce continues to fall short in adequately reflecting America’s diverse population and that is why we are thankful for and participating in Solar Austin’s Equitable Clean Energy Jobs Program. We look forward to diversifying our staff by utilizing this program and urge other local energy companies to do the same.
More about the program can be found here: solaraustin.org/equitablecleanenergyjobs