News on Workforce Development
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The Center for Energy Workforce
Development Joins Business, Industry Groups to Advance Efforts to Close
Washington, D.C. (February 20, 2014)—The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) joined 20 other business organizations today to share plans to ensure students and workers have the knowledge and skills they need to work in the modern economy. Convened by ACT Foundation and the Business Roundtable, the National Network of Business and Industry Associations is coordinating cross-sector efforts to close the “skills-gap.”
“Our industry faces unprecedented changes in talent development, and the need for collaboration has never been stronger,” said Thomas H. Graham, CEWD chair and vice president, people strategy and human resources, Pepco Holdings Inc. “Utilities and affiliates have made great strides in developing better training programs to create the next generation of the energy workforce.”
U.S. employers are finding it increasingly difficult to identify skilled candidates to fill open jobs, creating the “skills gap.” A June 2013 report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce projected that 2.6 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math will need to be filled between 2010 and 2020, for example.
"We have to develop and implement strategies now to ensure we can fill these positions with the right people, increase diversity in student and candidate pools, and create a pipeline of potential workers with the right skills at the right time,” Graham said.
The electric utility industry is facing significant workforce shortages—almost 55 percent of its workforce may need to be replaced in the next 10 years, in large part due to the number of employees reaching retirement age in the coming years. Clearly the retirement wave has begun, and at the same time, the industry is seeing a growing skill gap in applicants ranging from employability skills to academic and technical skills.
The National Network represents major business sectors and is funded through a collaborative partnership of ACT Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Joyce Foundation and Lumina Foundation. Members include leaders in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, energy, construction, hospitality, transportation and information technology sectors. They represent the source of nearly 75 percent of projected U.S. job growth through 2020 (an estimated 30 million new jobs).
At today’s meeting, members discussed efforts to:
“It is encouraging to see the business community unify across industry and sector lines to produce actionable solutions to close the ‘skills gap,’ especially with the power of the Business Roundtable behind them,” commented Parminder K. Jassal, Founding Executive Director, ACT Foundation, which co-operates the National Network.
Inaugural Members of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations
Aerospace Industries Association
American Health Information Management Association
American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
American Land Title Association and ALTA’s Land Title Institute
American Moving and Storage Association
American Public Transportation Association
American Welding Society
Center for Energy Workforce Development
Home Builders Institute
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
The Manufacturing Institute
National Apartment Association Education Institute
National Center for Construction Education and Research
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
National Institute for Metalworking Skills
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
National Retail Federation Foundation
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
Western Association of Food Chains
For more information contact Jon Corley at email@example.com or 202-508-5609.
Formed in March 2006, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a non-profit consortium of electric natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations - Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry. It is the first partnership between utilities, their associations, contractors and unions to focus on the need to build a skilled workforce pipeline that will meet future industry needs.