Closing the gap in skilled labor is key to America’s economic future and is core to our mission at Workrise. There simply aren’t enough skilled people to meet our infrastructure and energy demands and companies that use skilled laborers are struggling to adapt to the shortage. Educating high school students about these career opportunities is one way that Workrise is bridging the gap, paving the way for promising career paths in the skilled trades. 

Workrise is rising to meet the demand across all industry and energy sectors, with goals to place 30,000 workers in roles by the end of 2021, 100,000 by the end of 2023, and our long-term goal: Putting 1 million to work by the end of 2030.

We’re going to do it, and we’ll get there with the help of key partnerships with like-minded organizations, like the just keep living Foundation. The nonprofit organization, founded by Camila and Matthew McConaughey, empowers high school students by giving them the tools they need for a better future. 

On Tuesday, Workrise and just keep livin joined forces to deliver a presentation on the future of work to several high schools across the US. The presentation, delivered by Workrise Training Coordinator Kristi Stauffer and Head of Operations, Safety and Training Mike Meller, provided an overview of key energy and infrastructure jobs that are on the rise. 

Here’s an overview of the three types of industries featured in the presentation:

Wind Energy

The basics:

Wind power has more than tripled in the past decade and is the largest source of renewable energy in the US.

Types of jobs:
  • Wind technicians perform mechanical and electrical repairs wInd turbines. 
  • Install technicians install and assemble wind turbines. 
  • Blade repair technicians inspect and repair wind turbine blades.
  • High voltage technicians operate and repair power generation equipment. 


Solar Energy

The basics:

Solar jobs in the US have increased 167% over the past decade, with the addition of 156,000 jobs.

Types of jobs:
  • Solar installers put racking and module systems in place.
  • Apprentice electricians perform electrical work, including trenching and wire management. 
  • Equipment operators work with machinery, including forklifts, skidsteers, and backhoes.
  • Superintendents or foreman oversee construction of the project and provide onsite training.



The basics:

The building construction industry is expected to grow to $1.4 trillion by 2024.

Types of jobs:
  • Electricians install EMT (Electrical Metal Tubing), high voltage cables, transformers, junction boxes, etc.
  • Plumbers install, sweat, and solder cast iron and copper lines and install fixtures.
  • HVAC duct installers install sheet metal duct systems and roof top units.
  • Welders join metals together using different welding techniques.
  • Pipefitters construct, fabricate and install mechanical piping systems. 


Not only will the presentation provide high school students with important context for highly in-demand work, but it will also give them a more accurate picture of the skilled labor of the future.

This isn’t just about Workrise meeting its goals, industries finding skilled workers, or even improving the fate of the US economy. It’s about working with impactful organizations like just keep livin to elevate the potential of tomorrow’s youth with successful careers in the skilled labor industries of their choosing.


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