Energizing Our Youth for Careers in Energy Week

By Tim Rondeau

The future of the energy industry is bright, no pun intended.  In celebration of our ever-changing and ever-growing industry, National Grid annually observes Careers in Energy Week, utilizing it as an opportunity to educate our youth on the different ways they can join the energy workforce.

careers5The week kicked off on Tuesday, October 11th at National Grid’s Sustainability Hub in Worcester, MA.  Students from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School took a tour of the facility and received a presentation on energy efficiency and renewables.

The following day, students from Lowell High School and Blackstone Valley Technical Regional High School attended a daylong event at National Grid’s training facility in Millbury, witnessing our Live Line Trailer demo, our Mobile Emergency Operations Center, and participated in a Career Fair which showcased various business areas from Distributed Generation to Gas Operations.  Representative Thomas Golden (D-Lowell), Chairman of Telecommunication, Utility and Energy, asked students tocareers2 “take the opportunity and explore the possibility” of what the energy industry has to offer.  He cited wind power, solar, and storage as examples of newly emerging technologies available. Golden spoke from experience, at one point early in his career employed by Colonial Gas Company, saying “it is satisfying knowing you are taking care of people every single day.”

In addition to Representative Golden, Stephen Russell from the Department of Energy Resources and Tyler Studds from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center interacted with student groups in Millbury throughout the week.

careers3On Thursday, the 2nd Annual Residential Construction Career day took place at Cape Cod Fairgrounds with over 400 students in attendance.  Over the course of the day, students learned about the energy side of home-building.  National Grid was a major sponsor of the event for the second consecutive year and had teams on hand to educate students on utility construction and metering.

 “We are thrilled to do our part to inspire the next generation to pursue career opportunities within the energy field,” said Marcy Reed, President of National Grid in Massachusetts. “Careers in Energy Week helps us empower the next generation of workers by educating them on the ample and diverse careers this exciting field offers. We’re going to need their help as we build energy networks to meet the needs of our 21st century digital economy.”

careers4Recognition of the importance of careers in energy extends beyond National Grid.  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a gubernatorial proclamation declaring the week of October 10th in support of energy careers.  “We are proud to continue our work with National Grid to encourage students across the Commonwealth to consider a career in the energy industry, where Massachusetts continues to create thousands of high-skilled, well-paying jobs,” said Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The comprehensive energy diversification legislation recently signed by Governor Baker reiterates this Administration’s commitment to growing our energy economy as we work collaboratively to deliver cleaner, more reliable energy to the Commonwealth.”

Careers in Energy Week is a national effort launched in 2010 by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) to increase the public’s awareness about energy careers.

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