Some of Alberta’s laid-off oilpatch workers have been eyeing a different energy sector for possible employment.
Edmonton based organization, Iron and Earth, has released a Workers Climate Plan. In the plan, they plot out a course to get former oil and gas workers back on the job in the renewables sector.
Executive Director Lliam Hildebrand tells Global News, these workers already have the skills, they just need a new place to apply them.
“We don’t really consider ourselves just oil and gas workers, we consider ourselves energy workers,” said Hildebrand. “And we specialize in using tools and blueprints to create projects, and that’s exactly what renewable energy is, and that’s why we are so easily transferable.”
Hildebrand says Alberta’s plan to be 30 percent renewable by 2030 will create a lot of growth, particularly in the wind and solar industries.
They would like to upgrade the skills of 400 trades workers in the next year, with the help of the provincial and federal governments. (scb)