Who We Are
The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a national, non-profit intermediary that unites employers, labor, educators, non-profits and associations, community-based organizations, workforce systems and other stakeholders to prioritize solutions that will ensure the industry is people-ready for the energy transition. We are committed to developing a skilled, diverse workforce for a clean energy future.
Formed in 2006, CEWD is now supported by more than 140 energy companies. Additionally, the Center serves as the workforce development partner for AESP, American Gas Association, American Public Gas Association, American Public Power Association, Distribution Contractors Association, Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Nuclear Energy Institute.
CEWD supports industry companies
with workforce priorities
and leads the industry’s work to:
- Increase awareness and promote the merits of 21st century energy careers.
- Build more diverse, equitable, and inclusive energy workplaces.
- Develop people for increasingly technical and dynamic energy careers.
- Provide essential information and resources to energy companies to support a developing energy workforce and represent the industry’s workforce needs to external stakeholders.
- Sector solutions, that is – addressing workforce development priorities in a united fashion, is essential. Language and actions that pit industries within the sector against one another are not helpful or constructive to the career seekers we hope to influence.
- Effective workforce development initiatives and solutions must involve – and in many cases, be driven by – employers, though effective resolution to the historic needs before us requires collaboration in unprecedented ways with educators, community-based organizations, philanthropies, non-profits, and others.
- Effectively responding to the historic hiring and training needs before us will take innovative, bold, collaborative action – much of which should be coordinated at the national level for adoption in local markets, where workforce development must take place.
- Good quality jobs are essential within the industry’s workforce.
- CEWD is uniquely positioned to unite and lead the sector’s workforce strategies. It has been doing so for utilities since 2006 and has recently taken steps to expand its membership base to bring more of the industry’s employers and stakeholders together to collaborate on workforce development programs.