By Tony Khing
For the fifth consecutive year and the sixth time overall, PG&E was designated as a 2017 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs Magazine.
Companies earning the 2017 Military Friendly Employer designation have shown exceptionally strong hiring programs and have provided meaningful jobs for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses.
“Veterans have consistently played a key role in PG&E’s work to build a better California. We value veterans for their strong work ethic and dedication to service, and are committed to providing opportunities for them to excel in energy,” said PG&E Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Earley.
PG&E will be featured along with other 2017 Military Friendly Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs Magazine and online at MilitaryFriendly.com.
PG&E has been a long-standing leader in employing and supporting veterans. In 2015, the company introduced the “1,000 Careers Project” whose goal is to hire 1,000 veterans into PG&E jobs over the next eight years. Last year, PG&E hired 223 veterans and through Sept. 30, the company is more than a third of the way to its objective. The company is on pace to achieve the 1,000 veterans hired standard in five years — three years ahead of plan.
A program that has played a major role in helping PG&E attain this target is the PowerPathway program. Over the past three years, 255 of the 443 graduates (58 percent) are veterans with 75 percent of them (190) having been hired by PG&E and within the utility industry.
The PowerPathway training network is composed of community college, community organization, workforce investment board, university and educational partners who collaborate with PG&E to provide training in response to California’s growing energy workforce needs.
PowerPathway has received praise from Vice President Joe Biden. The program held its first cohort specifically for active duty service members earlier this year in Washington state. And last year, PowerPathway graduated its first active military member.
PG&E has also been recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, for its sustained employer support of National Guard and Reserve service. Among the honors the office has bestowed upon PG&E include:
- Patriot Award (2015): Given to Earley for his support of employee reservists through benefits such as flexible scheduling and granting leaves of absence;
- Seven Seals Award (2015): Given to Earley for individual and organizational achievements which back the ESGR mission;
- Statement of Support (2014): Given to PG&E for its support of employees in the Guard and Reserve;
- Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (2003): The highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their backing of employees who serve;
- Pro Patria Award (2002): The highest award from a state ESGR committee given to companies who’ve provided the greatest encouragement to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices.
PG&E’s Veterans Employee Resource Group was founded in 2011 for veterans and their allies who act on behalf of veteran interests within the company and the service area. In just five years, membership has grown company-wide to 1,200 employees.
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