Energy companies launch Troops to Energy Jobs initiative

Source: Dominion, Center for Energy Workforce Development

With nearly 40 percent of the nation's energy workforce either eligible for retirement or departing their jobs because of attrition during the next five years, electricity and natural gas companies and the nuclear power industry are facing a potential worker shortage. Meanwhile, many military veterans are returning home after tours of duty without a clear path toward jobs or ready access to apply skills learned in the armed services. 

Dominion Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Farrell will unveil the national launch of an important new initiative, Troops to Energy Jobs, which will be designed to create an accelerated transition for returning veterans into civilian jobs in the energy sector nationwide.

Farrell will be joined on the program by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

Troops to Energy Jobs is a pilot program designed to begin linking thousands of future job openings in the energy industry with troops leaving military service. The pilot will last approximately two years and will be carried out by five utilities around the United States.

The program is part of the national Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) and is designed to establish an ongoing process of outreach, recruiting, education and training to create a pathway for military personnel to transition from the service into civilian careers in the energy field.

The Washington, D.C.-based CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas and nuclear utilities, their trade associations, unions and contractors. Five pilot programs, including Dominion's, are being initiated to identify specific utility human resource needs, training and education requirements for former military personnel and ways to streamline the pathway from military to civilian energy jobs.

"Thousands of energy jobs are opening up all over the country and they offer terrific careers to servicemen and -women who have completed their military tours," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. "There is a natural fit between the military and the energy industry. Both cultures are civic-minded and first-and-foremost safety-focused. Military personnel are also well trained and disciplined -- key qualities we look for in this industry.”

Representatives of the five pilot energy companies involved in the initiative – American Electric Power, Dominion, Southern Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Arizona Public Service – as well as the Center for Energy Workforce Development, also will be on hand for the launch.

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