Benefits of Membership
Formed in March 2006, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed by the electric and natural gas energy industry for the purpose of creating the next generation of energy workers. The Center’s members include the major energy industry trade associations–Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), American Gas Association (AGA), American Public Power Association (APPA), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA)–and more than 100 Electric and Natural Gas Energy companies that generate energy from a variety of fuel sources including fossil fuels, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, and biofuels. CEWD’s membership also includes six large contracting companies that provide direct support to energy companies. The Center partners with labor unions (IBEW and UWUA), workforce organizations, and the Departments of Education and Labor at the national level.
CEWD’s members represent approximately 85% of the nation’s energy utility workers and have combined revenue of over $450 billion. CEWD is led by a Board of Directors made up of the heads of the trade associations, major utilities, and contractors from around the country, along with Councils of members who provide advice and guidance on strategy and goals. The Industry’s broad support of CEWD underscores, in a very visible manner, its strong commitment to the development of a highly skilled workforce to meet our country’s energy needs.
Since 2006, CEWD has created partnerships at the national and state level that pull together educators, government agencies, and the industry to leverage resources and practices that reduce the time and effort required by an individual company. At the state level, the Center has facilitated the creation of State Energy Workforce Consortia representing approximately 30 states, which focus on the needs of individual states in developing an energy workforce tailored to the economic, demographic, and specific workforce requirements for that state. The consortia have been instrumental in building industry-focused partnerships that effectively implement regional solutions to energy workforce issues.
A Sample of Resources CEWD Membership Provides:
- The Strategic Workforce Planning National Template that provides individual members and state consortia with step-by-step methodology on how to create a strategic plan and track and measure results.
- The Diversity and Inclusion National Template that includes a comprehensive assessment tool and documentation of member best practices to help your company make progress with creating a diverse, qualified workforce.
- Troops to Energy Jobs National Template and Veterans’ Database: The National Template provides a step-by-step process for companies to strengthen their ability to attract, train, and hire veterans. CEWD members can access and search the Veterans’ Database on the Troops site and contact veterans directly about job openings. There are approximately 2,500 veterans currently registered and seeking employment in the TTEJ database.
- Gaps in the Workforce Survey Data and State Demand Reports: This survey has been administered every other year since 2006 and provides the single most valid and reliable source of workforce data for the Electric and Natural Gas utility industry. Coupled with data from the US Census and labor data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our analysis captures attrition, hires, demographics regarding veterans and race/gender splits, and age/years of service of the workforce by state and region.
- Members-Only Curriculum on the CEWD Curriculum Center: In addition to access to the curriculum, CEWD provides assistance from its Education Consultant on how best to implement these courses of study and many others: Energy Industry Fundamentals, Get Into Energy Test Prep, Natural Gas Boot Camp, Troops to Energy Jobs Work Ready Boot Camp, and High School Energy Career Academy.
- Automatic Job Postings of all your company’s open jobs on CEWD’s Troops to Energy Jobs and Get Into Energy websites. Jobs are automatically scraped nightly by Direct Employers. Companies show up as military-friendly employers. Jobseekers can search jobs by employer, state, type of employment, and, on Troops to Energy Jobs, MOS codes, and follow links to apply for jobs directly on the CEWD members’ websites. Additionally, CEWD members can list specific recruiting contacts.
- CEWD National Energy Education Network Database: NEEN includes more than 200 energy educators across the country that provide more than 400 programs of study. CEWD members can access the database to understand the types of programs offered and can also sponsor educators for NEEN membership, a benefit that provides the educator with access to CEWD member materials at no additional cost to the CEWD member or the educator.
- Special member rate for the CEWD Annual Summit and National Forum featuring national speakers, breakout sessions, and ample networking time. The National Forum features the work of the State Energy Workforce Consortia.
- Regional Meetings: Regional meetings are held annually to provide members an overview of regional workforce data and share the most recent CEWD resources and services. These free regional meetings are hosted by CEWD members and led by the CEWD executive director and regional consultants.
- Webinar Series: CEWD hosts members-only webinars each year focused on a range of topics for individual companies and State Energy Workforce Consortia.
- Communities of Practice: Online communities for those with common interests. CEWD communities include Knowledge Transfer and Retention, Diversity and Inclusion, Workforce Analytics, Troops to Energy Jobs, and others.
- Online Toolkits: All-inclusive toolkits make it easy for your organization to implement programs like career fairs, organize a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, host an energy competition, and a number of other awareness-building activities.
- Marketing Resources: On the ShopCEWD page, members have access to customizable career awareness brochures, and can purchase energy posters and career fair give-aways for a nominal cost.
- Competency Models: CEWD maintains a validated competency model for its key positions, including lineworkers, power plant operators, electric technicians, gas technicians, and others. Also available is a competency model for employability skills.
- Model Processes: Step-by-step directions on how to recreate some of the industry’s most successful models, such as lineworker programs at local community colleges.
- Best Practices Benchmarking: Members are able to quickly benchmark with other members and learn about best practices with facilitation support from CEWD regional consultants.
With CEWD’s focal point of workforce issues, membership in the Center is your answer to today’s and tomorrow’s workforce challenges.
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