Jobseekers Train for Energy Careers
By Lesia Winiarskyj
The program, which ended June 7, covered skills and concepts in basic electrical, gas, nuclear, and wind power generation; OSHA 10; confined space attendant/rescue worker and flagger training; rigging certification; and environmental issues. (Participants also spent two weeks at the New England Tractor Trailer Training School and earned their commercial driver’s licenses.)
“The energy sector has a high demand for skilled employees,” says Judy Resnick, executive director of CBIA’s Education Foundation. “This program is an important step toward meeting that need.”
“Twenty-five percent of our utilities workforce is eligible for retirement,” says Tom Burns, director of training at NU. “We need qualified people to replace them and keep up with a growing demand for energy.”
Before enrolling in the NU training, all 13 participants completed an intensive six-week program: Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers: to enhance their critical thinking, math, and applied technology skills and prepare them for the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, a national credential identified as the entry-level standard for the energy industry.
Vernon resident Stan Gabel, 44, who has been out of school for 25 years, had always struggled with math. With one-on-one assistance from his instructors, however, he began to excel: ultimately earning a “gold” rating (the second highest possible) on his ACT National Career Readiness Certificate exam.
“Now that I’ve been able to learn job skills and build upon the training I have already received, I’m walking taller and feel so much better about my ability to find quality employment to take care of my family.”
Training was made possible by a grant from the Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford. CBIA’s Education Foundation manages workforce development initiatives in energy/utilities on behalf of the collaborative.
Lesia Winiarskyj is a writer and editor at CBIA. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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