PG&E today (Nov. 8) was named among the country’s top 100 military-friendly employers, four days before America celebrates Veterans Day.
The ranking is from G.I. Jobs, an organization whose list is used as a resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. PG&E was ranked No. 95 and has made the annual list for two consecutive years.
Recruiting veterans is a big focus for PG&E, which expects more than 40 percent of its workforce will be retirement-eligible within the next five years and believes veterans are strong candidates for these positions. In 2011, the utility hired 225 veterans or 7 percent of its total hires.
“Unemployment rates are as high as 29 percent for young veterans—65 percent above those for other Americans in the same age group,” said Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corporation. “PG&E has the opportunity to match our workforce needs with the great technical skills and leadership ability that veterans offer.”
Also today, PG&E announced that it will offer two new training courses in 2013 to help provide a career path in the energy industry for recently discharged military members. The courses will be offered at American River College in Sacramento through the utility’s PowerPathway program:
- The PowerPathway Bridge to Utility Worker for Veterans course will offer 240 hours of training to prepare them for utility work and increase their knowledge of the energy and utility industries. The course will begin in January.
- The PowerPathway Welding for Veterans course will provide fundamental training on pipe-welding techniques and safety procedures unique to the utility industry. The course will begin next May.
In addition to veterans-only courses, PowerPathway partners with community colleges, universities and community-based training organizations throughout Northern and Central California to offer other industry-related courses open to all qualified candidates.
PG&E’s goal is to provide career and technical training to about 250 California residents, including 100 veterans, and place about two-thirds of them into energy and utility industry jobs through 2013.
PG&E employees also will be representing the utility in Veterans Day parades on Monday in San Jose and Auburn.