January 2024

Check out the latest information on key programs and priorities CEWD is working on to support a skilled, diverse energy workforce and news and notes we have found of interest. Please share this publication with others who may be interested. To subscribe, please contact staff@cewd.org.

Issue #154, January, 2024


  • CEWD Offers 2024 Workforce Development Learning Journey
  • DE&I Forum
  • Cross-Sector Convening
  • Grant Collaboration Opportunities
  • WFD Presentation Feedback
  • Energy Workforce Policy Advisory Group
  • NCCER Volunteers
  • Grant Announcement Preparation

Add One More Stop on the Learning Pathway

The DE&I Forum will take place May 9-10th this year in Washington, DC. Last year’s inaugural event exceeded expectations for all who participated – with the caliber of presenters, in-depth information sharing and networking, and action-oriented workshops. Don’t miss this year’s unique event for senior leaders.

Sign up to sponsor the event here.

CEWD Co-Hosts Cross-Sector Convening on Workforce Development Strategies

On January 11th, CEWD co-hosted a day-long convening on Building the Energy Workforce of the Future with Jobs for the Future and What Works Plus. About 120 individuals representing energy employers, labor, philanthropies, educators, non-profits, and government agencies met to identify some of the most significant challenges to being people ready for the energy transition and prioritize cross-sector solutions to bottlenecks and impediments.

A synopsis of priorities and recommendations will be published soon but a few highlights are included here:

  • National career awareness initiative that can be easily customized locally, including having EIF adopted in schools across the country
  • Having energy recognized as a national Career Cluster
  • Increase coordination between state and local governments on energy workforce development priorities
  • Cross sector collaboration is essential for talent pipeline development
  • Reinvent the reputation for Careers in Technical Education
  • Educators, particularly those in technical colleges, need support for the cost of and access to equipment on which to train students. They also need help with educating instructors and better identification of career paths from employers.
  • Grassroots and community organizations must be instrumental in connecting their communities with energy careers.

While many of these strategies already exist within CEWD’s workplan, the day allowed all stakeholders to learn together and advance a collaborative agenda. Watch for information on follow-up actions in the coming weeks.

Want to Collaborate with CEWD on Grant Opportunities?

CEWD is being approached with increasing regularity about partnering on grants related to the energy workforce. Most of the time, we need to identify community-based employers for the application and it has become a bit of a scramble sometimes. If you are interested in a possible partnership with CEWD and applicable community-based organizations, please let us know more about your needs so we can hope to make some matches. Complete expression of interest here.

Call for Presentations

CEWD’s Workforce Development Summit will take place this November in the Washington, DC area. We are putting together an initial agenda for this national sector convening on workforce development, but we want to ensure it is assembled based on industry need. Please tell us what you’d most like to receive from this year’s Summit and/or provide us with the names of individuals you think are must-presenters. Offer feedback here.

Energy Workforce Policy Advisory Group

CEWD is convening a group of energy professionals interested in staying up to date on workforce-policy related issues/news. The group meets once a month and will hear presentations from workforce development experts and discuss pressing issues the energy industry faces with workforce development. Please contact christina@cewd.org to learn more and join the group. The next call will be held on Thursday, February 8, 10:30 AM-11:15 AM ET with presentations from the National Skills Coalition and CEWD staff on the recently released Workforce Policy Education initiative.

Call for Volunteers for NCCER

NCCER is beginning revision of its Power Line curriculum and they are looking for subject matter experts (SMEs) to assist with the development and review of curriculum content by reviewing new technology, best practices, and relevant day-to-day duties of a power line worker. 

If you believe you’re well-suited for the revision committee in any of these areas, or you know of someone who would be interested, you can find additional information on how to become a SME on the NCCER website. If you are ready to join in and help update the curriculum, select the “Apply Now” link on the website, or fill out our SME application form here.

DOE-MESC and Office of Energy Justice and Equity Preparing Grant Announcement

The Depart of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chain has announced an intent to launch the next round of IAC program funding in partnership with the Office of Energy Justice and Equity. DOE anticipates making available $24 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to establish additional IACs at community colleges, trade schools, and union training programs, as well as related apprenticeships and internships. It is anticipated that there will be an application track for consortia and cohorts (e.g., for facilitated groups of colleges, state systems, multi-local union projects, apprenticeship intermediaries and their IAC-eligible partners, etc.). The anticipated awards can support a wide range of training programs, from certifications and micro-credentials to Registered Apprenticeships. The funding announcement is expected in late winter to early Spring. 

What’s Up? News Updates

CEWD is reporting important news and updates in this new CEWD Connections section to keep readers abreast of energy workforce headlines. If you have any article suggestions, please email christina@cewd.org.

PSEG Making Strides in DEI Initiatives

December 20, 2023

PSEG receives recognition for publishing its 2023 DE&I Report which highlights the company’s commitment and progress in making an inclusive and diverse workspace.

National Grid partners with Capital Region career development organization to promote industry jobs

January 17, 2024

National Grid is partnering with 518ElevatED, a local career development organization, to give young adults an inside peak into a career in the energy industry.