At last! Help for the smart grid skills gap
Quick Take: It's been an open secret in the electric power industry that we are suffering from a severe workforce issue. Expert workers are rapidly retiring, yet we don't have the trained staff to take their places.
In fact, the challenge has grown so great that it has attracted attention -- and assistance -- beyond the borders of our industry. To be fair, the effort below does not focus exclusively on electric power utilities. But our industry is one of the ones they are targeting for this "cross-sector effort." I'm particularly pleased to see they intend to push for national credentials. - By Jesse Berst
The Center for Energy Workforce Development Joins Business, Industry Groups to Advance Efforts to Close â€œSkills Gapâ€
Organizations Plan to Educate and Train More Workers, Create Skilled Workforce
Washington, D.C. (February 20, 2014)â€”The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) joined 20 other business organizations today to share plans to ensure students and workers have the knowledge and skills they need to work in the modern economy. Convened by ACT Foundation and the Business Roundtable, the National Network of Business and Industry Associationsis coordinating cross-sector efforts to close the â€œskills-gap.â€
â€œOur industry faces unprecedented changes in talent development, and the need for collaboration has never been stronger,â€ said Thomas H. Graham, CEWD chair and vice president, people strategy and human resources, Pepco Holdings Inc. â€œUtilities and affiliates have made great strides in developing better training programs to create the next generation of the energy workforce.â€
U.S. employers are finding it increasingly difficult to identify skilled candidates to fill open jobs, creating the â€œskills gap.â€ A June 2013 report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce projected that 2.6 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math will need to be filled between 2010 and 2020, for example.