The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) will host EnergyCareers 2020, a virtual career exploration and job fair event, on Oct. 21. This first of its kind program for the energy sector invites students, veterans, career changers, women and those under-represented in today’s workforce to discover careers in energy through educational programming, networking sessions, exhibits and a virtual career fair.
The event will begin with a general session, headlined by the Honorable Dan Brouillette, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, and followed by industry executives addressing the spectrum of opportunities available in the industry for those with college degrees and those who prefer to learn through apprenticeships and hands-on training. A series of sessions will follow that will allow event participants to hear from men and women who work in the industry. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from peers who recently held industry internships and successfully entered the workforce.
“We are excited to bring our industry together to showcase the profession virtually for through this free, first of its kind event for students and those actively seeking employment,” said Missy Henriksen, CEWD executive director. “We’re looking forward to connecting with those recently furloughed due to the pandemic and showing them how to put old skills to work in a new industry. Our message is clear: the industry is hiring now and is expected to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next several years.”
During the event, session topics will include diversity in energy, LGBTQ+ in energy, women in energy, veterans in energy, unions in energy, a welcome to career changers and a similar session for students. Current industry professionals will also share stories about their career journey, professional development experiences and benefits of industry employment.
CEWD is partnering with a host of organizations to drive attendance to EnergyCareers 2020 including the Urban League, the National Association of Workforce Boards, Out for Undergrad, American Association of Blacks in Energy, Hispanics in Energy, Women in Energy, Veterans in Energy, Asian Americans in Energy, and others including additional educational and veteran organizations.
EnergyCareers 2020 is free to attend. To learn more about the event, exhibiting and sponsorship, visit cewd.org.
The CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations — American Gas Association, American Public Power Association, Distribution Contractors Association, Edison Electric Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Nuclear Energy Institute. CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry.