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Webinar: NASEO Rural Energy Task Force – Workforce Initiatives for Energy Development
Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 2:00
Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 2:00PM. Webinar: NASEO Rural Energy Task Force – Workforce Initiatives for Energy Development. Tom Tabor, Nebraska Energy Office; Nick Hylla, Midwest Renewable Energy Association; Michael Czuprynko, Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin. Sponsored by National Association of State Energy Officials. More information here.
NASEO’s Rural Energy Task Force will host a webinar to explore opportunities to support workforce development initiatives in the energy sector. Energy development has the opportunity to create stable, well-paying jobs in rural communities, while helping states advance energy, cost-saving, and environmental goals.
The recently released 2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report shows that the energy sector accounts for nearly five percent of the U.S. workforce, and is growing faster than the economy as a whole. However, an increasing number of employers are reporting difficulty in hiring energy sector workers: over 84 percent of prospective employers in 2019, compared to 77 percent in 2018, and 70 percent in 2017.
To address this need, states are increasingly looking for opportunities to provide workers with stable employment, and the energy sector skilled labor to support their needs. This webinar will feature speakers from state government and the private sector, working to provide training and career opportunities in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and utility sectors.