The U.S. Department of Energy Secretary announced last month the creation of a special Utility Industry Workforce Initiative, a unique program dedicated to helping veterans transfer their skills into the energy industry labor force. During the initial announcement at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) conference in New Orleans, Secretary Ernest Moniz stated “Energy is America’s great economic advantage in the 21st century global economy, but we’ll need a 21st century energy infrastructure to keep that advantage, built by a 21st century workforce. New job-driven training strategies, reflecting a broader range of needed skills, will be required to meet the challenges of the future. America’s talented pool of veterans provides the leaders our utility industry needs to build a new energy future.”
The program will help facilitate the transition of veterans from military service to energy jobs using training, credentialing, and apprenticeships. With projections showing an increase in energy infrastructure projects over the next decade, combined with a retiring current workforce, veterans should be an excellent solution to filling the workforce gap.
Written by: Absolute Consulting
Source: U.S. Department of Energy