People Powered, a podcast brought to you by the Center for Energy Workforce Development, explores issues associated with attracting, training, and retaining the energy industry’s most important resource – its people. Guests, who hail from within and outside the energy sector, include local and global thought leaders and subject matter experts who inform and inspire thinking. Some conversations address current workforce development priorities while others explore trends and strategies driven by the future of work. People Powered supports the development of a skilled, diverse energy workforce.
011 Developing Your Workforce with Autistic Talent
Dave Kearon, Director of Adult Services for Autism Speaks, joins us for this episode of People Powered to make the business case for companies to hire people with autism. He talks about particular strengths, such as attention to detail, deep focus and concentration, visual acuity, and comfort with repetitive tasks, that those on the spectrum can bring to the workplace and addresses what companies should consider about hiring from the neuro-diverse community. Listeners will learn what resources and support Autism Speaks offers as part of their Workforce Inclusion Now program.
010 The Why and How of CTE
In this episode, Steve DeWitt, the Deputy Executive Director for the Association of Career and Technical Education, explains the importance of collaboration between educators and businesses to ensure students are prepared for local employment needs. With 98% of students now touching the CTE system, employers must help identify skills needed for tomorrow's careers. After learning why to get involved with CTE, learn how to prepare for making these important local connections.
009 Reinventing the Utility Employee Experience: A Point of View from Accenture
Chris Manshio of Accenture joins People Powered to talk about the creation of a thought-provoking new piece, Reinventing the Utility Employee Experience. This work product, developed in collaboration with CEWD, seeks to challenge traditional thinking in how the industry hires new employees and how the industry may best succeed in the competition for talent, especially in light of workplace changes spurred by the pandemic.
008 Exploring Ford's Next Generation Learning and Powerful Partnerships
Cheryl Carrier, the Executive Director of Ford's Next Generation Learning Program, joins us to discuss how they work with businesses, schools, and communities to build collaborative educational models that benefit students. She unveils a bit of the "secret sauce" they have learned through influencing career decisions of more than 400,000 students.
007 What Research From Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work Shows
On this episode, Manjari Raman, the Program Director for the Harvard Business School Project on Managing the Future of Work shares what her research team has been working on in regard to the gig economy, hidden workers, and why employers must focus on people, now, more than ever before to attract and retain the best and brightest to energy sector careers.
006 Understanding Workforce Boards and Why They are Important to the Energy Industry
In this episode, Ron Painter, the CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards, explains how workforce boards operate, why they are important for employers, including those in the energy sector, and how to make connections with the 500 boards across the United States. He stresses the value of participation with these groups that manage federal dollars allocated for workforce initiatives within local communities and have the ability to make connections between men and women looking for skilled jobs and companies that seek motivated and job-ready talent for permanent and part-time positions.