Gemini Awarded DOE Grant For Training

Energy Services, a division of Orion International, has been awarded a $200,000 workforce development grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a tailored training curriculum for military veterans that will translate military skill set into a technical career within the wind industry. Orion International has committed an additional $154,000 to the grant award for training, tools and equipment costs, and will oversee the continuation of the program once the grant funding has been exhausted. ‘Veterans are ideally suited for the wind industry due to their leadership experience, technical skill and proven performance under the most difficult of situations, and yet a lack of wind-specific training can present a barrier to entry,’ says Mike Starich, president of Orion International. The program will create a multi-phase training curriculum, combining industry-specific, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and original equipment manufacturer training segments, as well as on-the-job practical work experience. Participants will be hired as employees of Gemini Energy Services and will be supplied with all tools and equipment necessary to begin their career as wind technicians, according to the company. Upon program completion, the veterans will have the option to continue their employment with Gemini Energy Services as contract service technicians, or use Orion's military career placement services to seek permanent employment within the wind industry. SOURCE: [link=http://www.geminienergyservices.com/]Gemini Energy Services[/li

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