Apply to attend the Community Solar Skills Program hosted by Iron & Earth in partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government as part of the Youth Energy Training Initiative!

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Iron & Earth worked with Desmond Bull from the Louis Bull Tribe to develop a community-based rapid upskilling solar program for fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers. This program includes five days of in-class work and a hands-on training component which involves the installation of a small solar energy system. We are excited to deliver the Community Solar Skills in partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government!

We are currently accepting applications from Nunatsiavut beneficiaries aged from 18 - 30 based in the communities and surrounding areas of Postville Nain, Hopedale or Rigolet with an interest in learning the skills needed to participate in solar energy project design, installation and maintenance.


Thanks to the generous contributions of the Nunatsiavut Government Youth Energy Training Initiative, the Community Solar Skills Program... will be available at no cost to the participants.


The solar energy projects to be installed at Postville, Nain, Hopedale or Rigolet during the Community Solar Skills Programs will provide a clean energy supply while minimizing impact to the surrounding land and environment. We wish to honor those that have stewarded the land since time immemorial and extend our sincere thanks to the Inuit of Nunatsiavut for welcoming the Community Solar Skills Programs to be hosted on their lands.

Iron & Earth is committed to allying with workers to build and implement climate solutions including the projects in Nunatsiavut and future projects.

Please apply by July 4, 2022 to participate in our Community Solar Skills Program. The Community Solar Skills Program will include six days of in-class work and five days of hands-on training which involves the installation of a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic energy system.

The first week of the program will include in-class learning and Fall Protection Training at Rigolet from July 11 - 16, 2022. For the 5 days of hands-on learning experience, trainees will be hosted at one of four roof-mounted solar projects being constructed in Rigolet, Hopedale, Postville, or Nain.

The Community Solar Skills Programs provides context on solar energy generation projects and the importance of incorporating Indigenous traditional knowledge and practices throughout the project life cycle. To deepen participant understanding of these important contributions, the in-class portion of the program will include cross-cultural learning guided by a local Elder or Traditional Knowledge Keeper and education regarding reconciliation, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Indigenous perspectives on renewable energy.

The knowledge and experience provided by the program will empower participants to find meaningful work along related career pathways.

Please note that the program delivery structure and location information is subject to change to ensure participant safety and wellness and in adherence to the Nunatsiavut Government Health Services public health measures, restrictions and guidelines to reduce the spread COVID-19.


Participants in this course must:

  • Be a Nunatsiavut beneficiary;
  • Have completed Grade 10 (minimum);
  • Be aged between 18-30.

Participants in this course should:

  • Have experience in construction and/or general labour (including farm labour)
  • Be confident with overall site safety protocols

Current Fall Protection Certification is an asset however Fall Protection Training will be provided during the week of July 11 - 16, 2022.

All Community Solar Skills Program application submissions will be reviewed against the required and preferred applicant qualities detailed in the Program posting and qualified applicants will be contacted for next steps.


The knowledge and experience provided by the Community Solar Skills Programs will empower program participants to contribute to the development of clean energy generation projects and find meaningful work along related career pathways.

At the end of the Community Solar Skills Program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand solar energy within the greater context of energy production in Canada.
  • Recognize solar energy production as an action that supports increased autonomy and well-being for Indigenous communities in Canada.
  • Evaluate the suitability of careers in the solar energy sector for themselves.
  • Safely perform key aspects of work on a solar project, outside of electrical jurisdiction.
  • Have knowledge necessary to pursue work as a non-electrician employee on a residential, utility or commercial-scale solar energy project.
  • Understand the scope of electrician-related tasks associated with the installation of a PV solar array.


Unique elements of our 10-Day Community Solar include:

  1. Designed for, and focused delivery for, fossil fuel industry workers and Indigenous community members
  2. Iron & Earth’s unique ‘Five and Five’ model: Five days of in class, followed by five days of hands-on experience - installing a working renewable energy system
  3. Indigenous ways of knowing reflected in the course structure and content
  4. Connection to a career mentorship program for program graduates

Check out more program details and application instructions here!


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