The start of a new school year means something different to everyone, but for the ELSE team, it means putting our Solar Ambassadors program into high gear! This year, the ELSE team has welcomed over 40 Solar Ambassadors (SA’s) to our professional development program, which includes representation from various provinces throughout the country. To date, there are three chapters that are formally recognized as student clubs on their campuses (University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Niagara College). There are also eight schools that have a Solar Ambassador presence (York University, Ryerson University, Centennial College, McMaster University, Queen’s University, Concordia University, UOIT, and the University of Calgary). To prep for September’s school start, the new and returning SA’s worked alongside the National ELSE SA Committee throughout the summer to develop opportunities to share their love for solar at their respective schools and it was certainly a hit! Students came in droves to ELSE-sponsored school events and ELSE campus exhibits to learn more about how solar can become a bigger part of their lives, and maybe even a career path. Following the success of Frosh Week, the ELSE SA chapters are looking to accomplish great things all across Canada this year. From competing in solar design competitions, touring solar manufacturing facilities, hosting a Green Careers conference, to organizing speaker events… there are many things to look forward to as an ELSE SA!
To add to its professional development offerings, ELSE National Programs partnered with Smart Mint Search in early September to offer a research opportunity to ELSE members. Smart Mint Search is a boutique recruitment agency that specializes in the sustainable, renewable, and green industries and with the guidance of Sarah Giesbrecht, Sr. Recruitment Consultant, this research study aims to identify the current state of careers in the renewable energy industry in Canada to determine what this all means for career opportunities in the future. Many ELSE members applied to participate in this study and while only a select few were chosen, all applicants received an opportunity for further their career development strategies, and to be added to the Smart Mint database.
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