This week Iron & Earth was pleased to announce $16M in new funding from the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.
Every project needs an official title, and the very nature of our new funding umbrella “Resilient Communities Empowering Worker Transitions” speaks to what we will be doing over the coming months.
The funding will address the need for training and upskilling opportunities for fossil fuel industry workers, Indigenous Peoples, and their communities to make their own renewable energy career decisions.
The funding will also help expand our climate solutions programs which provide the physical infrastructure for communities to install small-scale renewable power generation systems. Workers in the community are trained to do the installation and maintenance of the systems so that once the work is complete, the community has not only a more diversified energy footprint, but trained workers as well.
We have been working with Indigenous communities interested in energy planning options for several years now, and the new funding will empower them to move away from dependence on diesel while training Indigenous workers to complete the work in their own community.
Luisa Da Silva is the Executive Director of Iron & Earth. In Part 1 of our conversation with Luisa, freelance broadcaster Don Hill talks with her about how the funding will create energy transition opportunities across Canada that are built around community and individual needs.
(Be sure to listen to Part 2 and learn about Luisa's own career transition from oil & gas to renewable energy.)
The Renewable Conversations with Iron & Earth podcast is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.