With solar farms emerging in Australia, the demand for skilled workers is high. As the solar industry is male-dominated, Chandler Macleod was approached by the large-scale solar energy company, Beon Energy Solutions, to create the first ‘Women in Solar’ program. This 4-week program aimed to increase the participation of women in the solar industry by connecting with local communities to gain a diversified workforce.
Creating a solar program that aimed to increase the participation of women involved in the male-dominated solar industry.
Providing learning resources, such as TAFE, to supply accredited and non-accredited courses to all our participants, including our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates.
To balance the level of diversity between the participants.
Maximizing our recruitment of the local community through targeted employment strategies and training programs.
Microsite dedicated to enhancing employment streams for new and existing candidates www.jobsinsolar.com.au
Targeted advertising through the Chandler Macleod Blog and Microsite.
Local sourcing strategies, including community engagement.
The first graduating class of the ‘Women in Solar’ program includes 12 females; 3 of whom identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, 5 who were long-time unemployed and 3 single parents.
All successful participants have been offered ongoing roles with Beon on their Wagga NSW Solar Farm.