Residential Energy Efficiency Works (REnEW)

Looking to rebuild your career for a better future? Start here. REnEW is a training program that we've created in co-operation with community groups to help people who’ve experienced barriers to employment. Now you can train for jobs in the growing field of energy-efficiency retrofitting. Gain self-confidence and job-ready skills, while employers gain access to the entry-level skilled workers they need. It’s a great way to start renewing your career for the future.

Watch how the REnEW program makes a difference

Equipping trainees with new skills and opportunities

Since its creation, the REnEW program has lifted barriers for over 100 participants from communities across BC — including Vancouver, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Prince George and Williams Lake. In a three- to five-week training program, graduates will receive training in energy-efficiency retrofitting, as well as First Aid, Fall Protection and Construction Safety Training Systems, basic skills that many employers require.

After graduation, as many as 80 per cent of participants either have gained employment or pursued further education, renewing their hope and confidence. Perhaps the program’s greatest strength is in empowering individuals to reduce their reliance on social programs while building a strong, healthy future for themselves and their families.

REnEW's 2020 graduates

In addition to energy-retrofitting skills training, the 10 graduates earned eight industry-recognized safety certificates. Read more about the 2020 REnEW training and what's next for the program graduates. For additional program information contact conservationassistance@fortisbc.com.

Past program partners

Okanagan Training Development CouncilWestbank First NationWIBCO Construction Ltd.
The John Howard Society of Canada Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Employment Centre Society Aboriginal_Housing_Society_of_Prince_George
Access BladeRunners Stó:lō Service Agency
City of Prince George Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association The Power of Friendship