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Who We Are

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—American Gas Association, American Public Power Association, Distribution Contractors Association, Edison Electric Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Nuclear Energy Institute. 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.

Our Mission

Build the alliances, processes, and tools to develop tomorrow’s energy workforce.

Our Purpose

The electric power industry is in the midst of a transformation, and with that transformation comes the need for a diverse, qualified workforce with the knowledge, skills, and ability to adapt and grow along with the industry.

CEWD is at the forefront of forecasting the demand for workers, communicating the skills and knowledge for current and future workers, and partnering with educators across the country to create scalable career pathways for energy jobs. CEWD provides ready-to-use resources that allow energy companies to attract, train, and hire from a variety of demographic groups including youth, military, women, and transitioning adults.

Initially formed to identify and implement solutions to the aging workforce issue, CEWD now focuses on closing the skill gaps in mission critical jobs as the industry faces changes in technology and leads the way to a cleaner energy future. Over the past 10 years, CEWD has worked to create a strong foundation of partnership between the energy industry, education, and workforce development to implement proven and scalable workforce solutions that save time, conserve resources, and reduce costs.

Our Goals

  • Strengthen awareness of and promote the merits of 21st century clean energy careers
  • Build effective partnerships that will support industry companies in diversifying their workforce
  • Harness best practices in training and upskilling to support companies developing employees in increasingly technical and dynamic energy careers
  • Support the industry’s commitment to fostering modern-day work cultures that attract and retain diverse, talented professionals