The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is partnering with the Departments of Energy's (DOE) Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs; the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI); the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA); and the American Gas Association (AGA) to form the Utility Industry Workforce Initiative (UIWI) to facilitate the recruitment, training, and retention of exiting service members, veterans and their spouses into employment in the utility industry.
“Our industry is facing significant retirements of our existing workforce, and we are working together to develop solutions and approaches to identify a talented, high-skilled, and innovative industry workforce for the future,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “The leadership abilities, mission focus, commitment to safety, and team orientation that military service members consistently demonstrate are exactly the skills our industry needs in its workers. We are pleased to work together with our government partners on the Utility Industry Workforce Initiative with the goal to provide veterans a path to rewarding energy careers.”
The initiative will also share information on trends about exiting military members and assess how military training aligns with utility industry job requirements.
Additionally, UIWI complements the Troops to Energy Jobs program, launched in 2011 by Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), in partnership with EEI and its member companies.
According to the CEWD, the utility industry will need to replace nearly half of its current workforce over the next decade.