Alliances/Partners: The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)

About The Center For Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)

The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) was incorporated in March 2006 as a nonprofit industry consortium to help ensure that the nation’s electric, natural gas, and nuclear energy companies have the workforce to meet the energy demands of tomorrow. By forming partnerships and alliances at national and state levels with secondary and post secondary educational institutions, the workforce system, the Departments of Labor and Energy and other key partners, CEWD is creating workable solutions to address the need for a qualified, diverse workforce. CEWD is a self-sustaining structure that draws on its support from the Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Utility Workers of America, as well as its members—energy companies of all fuel types, whether investor-owned, municipal utilities electric cooperatives or privately owned energy companies.

Creates Industry Solutions In Workforce Development

CEWD creates industry solutions in workforce development by identifying, documenting, and distributing best practice models in workforce planning, career awareness, education and strategy. Economic conditions, demographics, and individual utility needs can vary greatly from state to state, so CEWD relies on regional implementation strategies. Teams comprised of energy companies, workforce development agencies, and educational institutions have been formed regionally and by state to apply these model solutions in given geographic regions. All CEWD solutions are available in easy to adapt template formats to allow individual companies to incorporate their own unique needs. These solutions are grouped into four areas:

Career Awareness: branding materials, toolkits, best practices

Workforce Development & Education: industry curriculum, solution guides, partnerships with national groups, including the military

Workforce Planning: annual member surveys, workforce reports, forecasting & planning tools

Member Services: monthly newsletters, webinars, annual member summit, regional meetings, virtual networking and coordinating state and regional workforce development consortia.

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