The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), a non-profit consortium of electrical, natural gas, and nuclear utilities, their associations, and their unions, has started a new program designed to address the increasing need for workers in the energy industry by enlisting America’s hard working veterans.
The Troops to Energy Jobs initiative is an effort to create an accelerated program for returning military veterans into the national energy workforce. Our military does an amazing job preparing our troops with the skills they need to succeed in the field, so why not take these skills and translate them into a career in energy?
The program works by speeding up the training process required for those in the energy workforce, by applying relevant military training to class credits. And for added convenience, those classes will be available online.
Troops to Energy Jobs will work with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Labor, as well as a variety of other institutions to help foster this partnership between the U.S. military and the energy industry. A survey by CEWD estimated that by 2015, there would be 100,000 job openings in the energy industry, and we clearly need well qualified, dedicated and hardworking people to fill these positions. Who better than our veterans!
The program will target all branches of the military, so all service men and women are eligible.
AGA, as a member of the CEWD, fully supports this program that provides excellent job opportunities to America’s finest, while at the same time training highly skilled workers to help our industry. The program provides rewarding jobs to those who truly deserve them—a true win-win in our book.