Recognized by the National Commission on Energy Policy as a best practice program, by Clean Edge Clean Tech Job Trends as an organization to watch, and through our new partnership with the White House and Skills for America's Future initiative, PG&E's PowerPathwayTM program is a distinguished leader in workforce development.
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Several years ago, PG&E identified a gap between the company's workforce needs and the inconsistent availability of work-ready applicants. In response to this workforce trend, PG&E launched PowerPathway™—a collaboration with local community colleges, the public workforce development system and unions—to enlarge the talent pool of qualified candidates for entry-level skilled craft jobs, such as a utility worker or lineman. Since then, the PowerPathway™ model has expanded to include four-year universities in new geographic areas, new job classifications, and reaching out to military veterans who are transitioning into the energy sector. The PG&E PowerPathway™ Training Network is now cultivating career pathways in four areas: clean tech vehicles, energy efficiency and renewables, engineering and the smart grid, and skilled crafts.
An example of a training program from the PG&E PowerPathway™ Skilled Crafts Training Network includes:
As new opportunities for enhancing our environment, improving the reliability and efficiency of our electric grid, and encouraging customers to save energy continue to emerge, both our prospective and current employees need the skills and expertise to either enter the field or advance their careers. Programs developed by PowerPathway™ and our training partners are helping both new and experienced workers remain competitive within today’s energy industries.
Driven by industry workforce need, each PowerPathway™ program is tailored to strengthen the capacity of each educational partner. Workforce Investment Board (WIB) partners screen, test, advise and support potential applicants. Education partners provide the training courses that prepare applicants to be work-ready and able to compete for jobs or advance their careers in the energy and utility industries.
PG&E's role varies from partner to partner and may include:
All of our partners share a high level of commitment to establishing career pathways, especially in underserved communities. In this way, PowerPathway™ strengthens one of PG&E's core values of diversity by ensuring a reliable pipeline of qualified candidates who reflect the communities we serve.