Wolf Administration Teams with PUC and Utilities to Highlight Efforts to Grow Veterans in the Utility Workforce

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Veterans,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today Wolf Administration officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) joined Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys M. Brown and representatives from public utilities from across the state to highlight the importance and impact of veterans in the utility workforce.“Pennsylvania’s veterans deserve every opportunity to continue their career success after they return home to civilian life,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “The chance to grow the veteran workforce in our public utilities demonstrates how Pennsylvania employers support and value these hard-working individuals.”“First and foremost, our veterans have already made a tremendous contribution to keeping our nation safe and secure – and veterans play a strong role in our public utilities and overall labor force,” noted Chairman Brown. “These men and women are disciplined, mission driven, safety focused, community oriented and understand the critical nature of utility services.”Chairman Brown noted that Pennsylvania’s workforce includes 266,000 veterans, and the state ranks eighth in the nation in the number of veterans between 18 and 64 years old. Still, there are concerns about unemployment, with about 13,000 Pennsylvania veterans without jobs right now – and many others may still be struggling to find the right civilian-sector job for themselves or their families.The PUC, together with state agencies and utilities, is working to connect more veterans (and their families) to employers, as well as encouraging more talented workers, of all ages and backgrounds, to consider careers in the utility sector – which has a strong and growing demand for a new generation of employees.“Our nation’s veterans have served in numerous military specialties that have direct ties to the utility industry.  These include satellite/telecommunications operations, cable/fiber line installers, electrical systems, engineering and logistics,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “They are valuable, highly skilled individuals who will greatly contribute to the utility industry workforce.”Nationally, there are about 200,000 men and women transitioning from the military to civilian work every year – which means there is a substantial group of skilled candidates looking for opportunities.  Additionally, one of the top classifications for service members looking for work in the private sector is “Engineering, Science and Technical,” which fits very well with some of the utility industry jobs that are in the highest demand.Working together with agencies and utilities across the state, and in conjunction with a task force created by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), several issues have been identified:The need for enhanced communication, especially helping veterans and potential employers better understand each other;“Translating” military skills and classifications into the positions and needs of the civilian sector;Greater information-sharing about job openings;Highlighting various training and apprenticeship programs; and,Identifying ways to promote Pennsylvania opportunities on a regional and national level.As part of the effort to increase access to information, the PUC has established an enhanced LinkedIn site to highlight information about job opportunities, not only at the Commission, but also the greater spectrum of utility jobs across the state.The other part of this equation is helping veterans, along with other potential job-seekers, understand the career potential of working in the utility sector.“Pennsylvania’s utilities – large and small, across the state – represent tens-of-thousands of well-paying, family-supporting and community-oriented jobs,” said Chairman Brown. “These are jobs and skills that will remain in-demand well into the future, with growth and training opportunities, good wages, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are serving your local communities.”Chairman Brown noted there is a current and growing demand for new workers, as a large percentage of our utility workforce is quickly approaching retirement age, fueling a statewide and national appetite for a long list of skills, including:Engineers;Field operations, including the people who maintain existing systems and build-out new systems;Plant Operators, who keep the energy and water flowing to our communities; and,Various technical positions, including relatively new areas of concern, like CyberSecurity.“This is an issue that goes far beyond one agency or utility. It’s an issue that has the potential to impact us all, in terms of the reliability and cost of utility service,” said Chairman Brown. “These are systems and people we depend upon to keep our communities safe and healthy, and it is important that we do what we can to ensure that our utilities have the skilled personnel they need to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.”The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.For recent news releases and video of select Commission proceedings or more information about the PUC, visit our website at www.puc.pa.gov. Follow the PUC on Twitter – @PA_PUC for all things utility.  “Like” Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Facebook for easy access to information on utility issues. Wolf Administration Teams with PUC and Utilities to Highlight Efforts to Grow Veterans in the Utility Workforcecenter_img November 09, 2017last_img read more

Kinnear ‘won’t be missed’ by fans

first_img The Magpies’ director of football left the club on Monday night after barely seven months in his role without making a single permanent signing. Fans had reacted to his initial appointment with incredulity and to his relative lack of activity since – and in particular his failure to replace the Paris St Germain-bound Yohan Cabaye last week – with fury. “We have somebody like Graham Carr, who has shown working with not very much money, he can identify people who are assets to the club. “But in the last two transfer windows, whoever he has recommended, apart from the two loan signings, have either been ignored or not followed up seriously. “If Alan Pardew hasn’t got the power to bring people in, there probably is a need for a director of football to present an overall strategy. “But if a manager has an eight-year contract, it’s strange that he isn’t the key person to decide who he needs to fulfil his ambitions and the ambitions of the football club.” Press Association Joe Kinnear “will not be missed” after resigning as Newcastle’s director of football, according to fans. Mark Jensen, editor of online fanzine www.themag.co.uk, said: “My personal reaction is that, like any other Newcastle fan, Joe Kinnear won’t be missed, that’s for sure. “In the time he has been there, Newcastle have spent no money on incoming transfers and have sold somebody for £20million.” During Kinnear’s tenure, Newcastle recruited only two senior players – Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong – both on loan and both of whom had been scouted at length long before his arrival. Despite being armed with the proceeds of Cabaye’s sale, they were unable to push through deals for either Lyon’s Clement Grenier or Montpellier’s Remy Cabella last week, leaving a gaping hole in manager Alan Pardew’s team which was horribly exposed during Saturday’s 3-0 derby defeat by Sunderland. Press Association Sport understands Ashley, who appointed the 67-year-old in response to the club’s 16th-placed Barclays Premier League finish at the end of last season, is in no immediate rush to replace him. However, it remains to be seen who assumes responsibility for player recruitment, with managing director Derek Llambias having stepped down from his post days after Kinnear was drafted in. Llambias, chief scout Graham Carr and Pardew had previously worked together to identify and acquire targets on Ashley’s approval, but it is not yet clear whether the owner is ready to abandon the post of director of football. Asked whether that role, which had previously been occupied by Dennis Wise – his exact title was executive director (football) – can work on Tyneside, Jensen said: “It’s hard to judge whether or not a director of football really would work at Newcastle as we haven’t had a working example of it. We have had somebody who has been given the title… last_img read more

Spain drop Diego Costa for European Qualifier

first_imgChelsea striker Diego Costa was dropped from the Spain squad on Friday for the European Championship qualifier next week while he nurses a groin injury.”Our doctors have been in contact with Chelsea’s doctors and they have agreed it would be best for him to rest,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said.Del Bosque added Diego Costa’s “pain in his groin doesn’t mean he won’t play on Saturday” when Chelsea faces Liverpool in the English Premier League.He made six changes from his last squad, giving forwards Jose Callejon, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, Alvaro Morata and midfielder Ignacio Camacho chances to make their national team debuts.Spain hosts Belarus in a qualifier for Euro 2016 on Nov. 15 in the southern city of Huelva. Three days later, Spain, the two-time defending European champion, hosts world champion Germany in a friendly in Vigo.Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho complained that Diego Costa wasn’t fit because he was playing too much for Spain. The Brazilian-born striker missed four matches with a muscle injury for Chelsea after he played in Spain’s last two European qualifiers in October. “It was prudent (to drop Diego Costa) because, as we always say, the health of the players comes first,” Del Bosque said. “Costa is the first one who wants to play for us.”Callejon leads Serie A with eight goals for Napoli. Nolito has impressed with Celta this season, helping it stun Barcelona 1-0 last round and climb into sixth place in La Liga. Morata has found playing time with Italian champion Juventus, and Camacho has anchored Malaga’s midfield during its four-game winning streak.”We brought (Callejon and Nolito) for their goals, their good form, and because we may have trouble opening Belarus’ defense which will likely pack its area, so we needed talented players,” Del Bosque said.Spain is second in Group C with six points, level with Ukraine. Slovakia leads the group with nine. Macedonia has three, followed by Belarus and Luxembourg with one point each.Spain: Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Kiko Casilla (Espanyol)Defenders: Raul Albiol (Napoli), Marca Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich)Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Ignacio Camacho (Malaga), Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Francisco “Isco” Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Raul Garcia (Atletico Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Jose Callejon (Napoli), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Paco Alcacer (Valencia)last_img read more