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Burns & McDonnell Receives U.S. Department of Labor Approval for Open-Shop Solar Apprenticeship Program

By District Energy posted 01-25-2023 11:36


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Burns & McDonnell has received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor for a new open-shop solar apprenticeship program with a national scope intended to help address chronic shortages of skilled labor in the construction industry. The approval allows Burns & McDonnell to immediately launch a program that will enable skilled labor needed on utility-scale solar sites to be provided under the apprenticeship program. Currently, approximately 15% of the labor needed on solar projects is executed under apprenticeships.

“This is a significant program that will help address chronic shortages of construction labor throughout the country,” says Brett Williams, president of construction at Burns & McDonnell. “With skilled laborers leaving the industry we have a big gap to fill, and apprenticeships offer a great chance to learn on the job and build out our craft labor pools.”

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