The pace of major infrastructure work on BGE’s gas system is increasing… and contractors need a steady source of capable and committed employees. BGE and Civic Works came together to find that source while bringing opportunity to the community.
During a seven-week training period, participants in the Workforce Collaborative will receive job skills training, network with potential employers, and receive assistance in removing barriers to steady employment.
“By partnering with Civic Works, we will strive to put individuals on a trajectory not just to a job, but a family-sustaining career. That is potentially both transformational for individuals and an investment in our community,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of BGE. “This program also helps our contractors by supplying a consistent pipeline of qualified employees, which helps with job performance.”
Civic Works recruits and screens participants and administers the program. BGE serves as the conduit between its network of gas and electric contractors and Civic Works, funds the program, and ensures graduates meet the standards necessary to work on its system.
“We are thrilled to partner with BGE in the launch of the BGE Workforce Collaborative. This initiative will build pathways to family-sustaining careers for unemployed and underemployed residents, and will address the critical need for skilled workers in our local utility infrastructure industry,” said Dana Stein, executive director of Civic Works.
Participant classes in the Workforce Collaborative will occur on a rolling basis throughout the year. To learn more about joining, click here: Civic Works’ Center for Sustainable Careers or call 410-929-6120.
The program will expand in 2020 to include the Power 52 Foundation. The Workforce Collaborative is part of BGE’s Smart Energy Workforce Development Program, which works to develop diverse talent pipelines representative of BGE’s entire service area.