Developing a talented workforce to support new generation and care for the most robust renewable energy source takes lots of new entrants who understand the dynamic nature of hydropower. To that end, The Foundation supports tailored workforce development events where students are hand-picked to come learn about the industry, get career support and meet organizations who are hiring. Continuing to foster programs that develop a strong workforce is one of the most important facets of the Foundation's mission.
Water Power STEM and Workforce Development
NREL(National Renewable Energy Lab), with funding from DOE’s Water Power Technology Office, in partnership with the Hydropower Foundation, is researching the current hydropower and marine energy workforce; providing a projection of the education and training programs needed to meet visionary water power goals.
–Partnerships with Mystic Aquarium and AltaSea, Hydropower Foundation, National Ocean Sciences Bowl, Oceans First Institute, and more to follow
–Development of curricula, as well as assessment of need for a Jobs and Economic Development (JEDI) tool, for both hydropower and marine energy
–Development of an advisory committee for information sharing and collaborative summits
–Launch of a marine energy collegiate competition to take "virtually" in May 2020 with possible opportunities for a hydropower collegiate competition to follow
–Development of a STEM and workforce development information hub
–Completion of high school and collegiate curriculum and informational materials to inspire the next generation of water power professionals