We have the jobs; they have the skills

By Ellen Cooke

Like other Northeast utilities, we’re going to need hundreds of natural gas workers to build infrastructure to meet the needs of customers over the next few years. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of military veterans are looking to transition to civilian life, and work, each year and could have just the skills we need. Sounds like a match, right?

You can help us meet our needs and theirs …

To help members of the military transition to civilian jobs – and assure they learn skills specific to natural gas workers – we’ve partnered with Con Edison and the Center for Energy Workforce Development to help create the Fort Drum Natural Gas Bootcamp through the NYS Troops to Energy Jobs Consortium.

Together, we’ve worked with the U.S. Army, Fort Drum and Jefferson Community College in Upstate New York to create this six-week program for local soldiers in their final months of active duty service. They’ve learned all about the principles of natural gas, hand-powered tools, piping and customer service. Also math, pre-employment testing, resume writing and interview skills. These are all skills they can use in a wide range of applications across our business.

All 15 of the program’s participating soldiers have completed the program and passed our pre-entry Field Assessment Test. And, on Friday, February 17 at noon, on Jefferson Community College campus in Watertown, NY, they will graduate and begin their journey to civilian life and work.

Contact us if you’re free to attend and speak with these soldiers, face-to-face, about potential opportunities at National Grid. Or to find out more about the program and how you can help us put these veterans to work in your business area. 

We’re planning to help sponsor more training programs late spring and fall of this year and in the spring of 2018. So watch for those too.

“We’re proud, and honored, to help dedicated men and women who have served our country help our company thrive and grow,” says Nina Ryabicheva, resourcing specialist, HR Talent Acquisition. “We have the opportunities and the jobs; they have the skills we need. It’s a win-win if ever there was one.”

The Fort Drum Natural Gas Bootcamp is just one of our many veteran-related programs and services: our active Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG),a Veteran to Veteran ‘buddy’ program, the http://www.thankaservicemember.org/ and a SoldierCare volunteer effort where employees send letters and care packages to service people overseas.

Please contact Nina Ryabicheva in HR Talent Acquisition if you have any questions about the Fort Drum Natural Gas Bootcamp or if you’re interested in getting involved with veteran hiring.

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