April is Second Chance Month

What Will You Learn About Hiring from This Hidden Talent Pipeline?

Check out not one, but two, opportunities to learn about finding talent from those who have formerly been incarcerated.

Returning Citizens Series: Best Practices in Training and Post Training Follow-Up

Sponsored by the National Utilities Diversity Council

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Register Here.

As we search for ways to increase the workforce for utilities and contractors now and in the coming years, creating successful pathways for returning citizens (formerly incarcerated individuals) can have a significant and positive impact on companies, communities and individuals.

A key component of this involves training programs that allow for future employment opportunities. Join NUDC for a deep dive discussion into El Camino College’s welding program at Terminal Island Federal Correctional Facility. We’ll hear directly from their welding instructor Erik Langarica, where he teaches fundamental to advanced welding techniques. We will also hear from The JPI Group, as they discuss best practices for effective follow-up after training to ensure that returning citizens have the right support and wrap around services.

CEWD Webinar Series

Second Chances: How to Successfully Build a Bridge for Adults in Custody to the Energy Workforce

Tuesday, April 30, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Register Here.

Is your company interested in learning more about successfully hiring justice involved individuals? Learn more from the Department of Justice about the data supporting reentry as well as hear from DTE about their hiring strategy. Finally, R3 Score will review tools and resources available to talent acquisition when adults in custody have earned stackable credentials.

Featured Event: DE&I Forum

This year’s DE&I Forum, taking place May 9-10, in Washington, D.C., will take a deep dive into the critical business issues facing diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders today, and bring together top-level practitioners to discuss those issues and potential solutions. By attending, you will gain insight into how industry experts are addressing and solving these challenges.

Check out the incredible line-up of sessions that has been curated exclusively for DE&I leaders in the energy industry.

Register for the program.

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Mark your calendar! CEWD’s 2024 Workforce Development Summit will be held November 19-21 in Washington, DC.

Seeking Volunteers To Be Part of Energy Education History: Preparing for a Possible National Energy Career Cluster

CEWD is forming a task force to formalize core competencies and benchmarks for the energy sector to be shared with the nation’s Career and Technical Education system. Both educators and energy experts are welcome. 

The task force will meet monthly for a few hours from May through September to prepare for the proposed national career cluster model that will be released publicly in October. To guide our work, we will modernize the content previously embedded in the agriculture cluster as well as reference outlines from states with a 17th career cluster for energy. 

If you are interested in supporting this watershed opportunity to prepare ourselves for what we hope will be a structure that will allow energy to be more readily welcomed into classrooms across the country, contact Kristie Kelley.

Connecting Military Veterans with Energy Careers Just Got Easier

CEWD has been approved as an Employer Navigation Partner with the Department of Labor which will give the industry increased visibility to select DOL Transition Assistance Program (TAP) offices on military bases across the world. The program provides one-on-one career assistance to interested transitioning service members, and their spouses, at over 35 military installations worldwide. Operating outside of the formal DOL TAP classroom instruction, the Employment Navigator will assist service members in securing meaningful and lasting post-separation careers. This program will provide greater awareness to energy careers to transitioning service members at the base and raise awareness of energy careers amongst the employment navigators on base who are working with these service members.  

Discounted Rates Available for Google Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program

The Google Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program delivers structured technical and professional skills training and coaching, ensuring individuals are fully competent in the skills needed to do the job in each client’s unique environment. The program includes certifications in both Google Cybersecurity and CompTIA Security+. There are limited spots, but space has been reserved for our energy partners. The program fee is $18,250 per learner with Google funding 50% – a savings of $9,125. The fee includes candidate pre-qualification, 300+ hours of technical and professional skills training, certifications in Google Cybersecurity and CompTIA Security+, Professional Success Coaching for apprentices and managers for length of program and program implementation. Please contact CEWD Staff if you are interested in registering and we will connect you with the training partner.  

CEWD On the Road

Where We’ve Been

In an effort to educate and learn about important workforce development issues, over the past several weeks,

  • CEWD sponsored and facilitated a panel presentation on How to Get More People of Color Into Energy Jobs at the National Urban League’s Energy Jobs Conference.
  • Highlighted important workforce development issues and provided an overview on CEWD initiatives responding to growing priorities.
  • Participated in the National Governors’ Association and League of Cities EV Workforce Collaborative, part of a three-year commitment to addressing priorities associated with the e-mobility workforce
  • Participated in the National Skills Coalition’s Clean Energy Skills Training Policy Convening
  • Presented at the EPRI Electrification Conference
  • Represented energy employers at the National Association of Workforce Boards annual conference
  • Met with representatives from Advance CTE, ACTE, the American Association of Community Colleges, Department of Labor, Department of Energy and others to address workforce development needs in the energy sector
  • Presented at APPA’s Engineering and Operations Conference

 Where We Are Going

  • We are strategizing with the National Urban League to build a strategy around expanding the Urban Energy Jobs Program.
  • We are presenting at the INGAA Conference this month in New Orleans and at the Creating an Equitable Workforce of Tomorrow at the National Association of Women in Construction.
  • Cornell Johnson will be at the AABE conference, April 22 – 25.

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.

20+ Northeast Tennessee schools awarded STEM grants by TVA

March 14, 2024

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is supporting the development of STEM educational programs in over 20 local school throughout there region to ensure future generations are considering careers in STEM.

ComEd Generates Girl Power

March 14, 2024

ComEd celebrated National Women in Construction Week by hosting over 60 teenage girls interested in STEM, engaging them with an industry panel of female leaders, building models of electric poles, and touring ComEd’s state-of-the-art training center.

DOE launches initiative to build EV battery workforce

March 27, 2024

Training guidelines for EV battery manufacturing were announced by the DOE and DOL to ensure manufacturers have a steady and skilled workforce. The guidelines come out of the Battery Workforce Initiative and are intended to support Registered Apprenticeships Programs.

Fostering a more inclusive environment to attract and retain the best talent

April 1, 2024

Linda Apsey, CEO of ITC Holdings Corp shares her story of being a woman in a male-dominated industry and talks about her efforts to make ITC an inclusive and diverse workplace.