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.
014 The Natural Gas Workforce in a Decarbonizing World
In this episode, Kate Hardin and Carolyn Amon of Deloitte address key findings from their report, The Natural Gas Workforce in a Decarbonizing World, noting that decarbonization is a growth opportunity for natural gas utilities. They address how gas companies can reorient their workforce force towards the emerging renewable natural gas, geothermal, and hydrogen industries and further amplify growth by engineering a digital skill advantage. Listen in to learn about decarbonization strategies that can help gas utilities attract the growing talent pipeline they will need to achieve their targets.
013 The Whys and Hows of Bringing More Veterans into Energy Careers
This insight-packed podcast addresses the important role veterans play in the energy workforce and how to attract more of these skilled men and women into energy employment. Leaders from Veterans in Energy, Cassandra Wheeler (Southern Company) and John Broschak, (Consumers Energy) cover the gambit of topics including best practices in military recruiting, the GI Bill, recruiting apprentices, the importance of creating an energy community for those who have served, working with military spouses, and much more!
012 Implications of Decarbonization on the Power Workforce
Deloitte’s Brad Denny and Carolyn Amon talk about their report, The Decarbonized Power Workforce: Digital and Diverse, which suggests decarbonization by 2035 could lead to a tripling of the power workforce. Our guests offer suggestions on what the power sector will need to do to fill these jobs, including expediting digitalization, preparing to compete against other industries for those with select digital and data management skills, planning for continuous training of a digital workforce, recruiting for talent in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas and from a more diverse pool of talent, and changing misperceptions of industry employment.
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.
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.
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.