The Power Industry – new hot job market or an industry unprepared to compete for a new generation of skilled workers?
America’s power and utilities organizations are facing a rapidly evolving workforce. About 40 percent of the workforce at America’s electric and natural gas utilities will be eligible for retirement in the next five years with about 20 percent currently eligible. There are ways to capture the knowledge lost as seasoned workers leave as well as to persuade a younger generation that the sector offers career opportunities..
Companies are exploring new ways to find skilled labor and pathways to well-paying jobs. Some are working with regional technical colleges and state universities to provide two-year and four-year degrees. Others are looking to develop skilled craft apprenticeship programs.
The Nuclear power industry is the new hot job market and Thomas Edison State College is embracing the educational challenge in training the next generation. Thomas Edison is the only four-year college in New Jersey chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear energy scholarship program.