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

Katie Taylor’s move to pro ranks confirmed

first_imgThe Olympic gold medallist will fight at Wembley arena on November 26th, live on Sky Sports, and then on the undercard of Antony Joshua’s fight in Manchester on December 10th.Eddie Hearn of Match-Room Boxing says today marks a significant day for the sport with the news that Katie is joining the professional ranks.last_img

Bundesliga Trophy for Open Viewing

first_imgIt’s a trophy fiesta in Nigeria as the Bundesliga trophy arrives just as the FIFA World Cup departed Abuja for Lagos. Football fans in Nigeria, especially supporters of German top side and current Bundesliga tittle holders FC Bayern Munich are in for a show as the Bundesliga trophy goes on display in Abuja courtesy of FC Bayern and StarTimes Nigeria.StarTimes had last week announced plans to entertain subscribers and followers of the Bundesliga with an open viewing of the trophy in Abuja today.The trophy viewing is part of activities scheduled to mark the final ceremony of the ongoing FC Bayern youth cup which commenced in January of which StarTimes is a sponsor.“The trophy will be on display at Aduvie International School in Jahi District, Abuja from 11am till about 3pm during which fans can take pictures, videos and interact with some FC Bayern legends who will be present at the event” said Qasim Elegbede, Brand and Marketing Director at StarTimes.He added that “This is the first time ever the trophy is coming to Nigeria and we are very much excited to be a part of it. Followership of the Bundesliga in Nigeria is improving and this activity is to further engage the fans, partners, sports journalists and every football lover to a nice football moment” he concluded.The trophy departs Nigeria on Sunday, for a similar activity at the finals of the Youth Cup Tournament Singapore.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson has been healthy through first month

first_imgBut the one area that Anderson has been steady has been his health.VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talk about Brett Anderson’s healthy April“He’s been that, that’s for sure,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s encouraging probably for him and for us. It’s been a normal spring training, normal like any other pitcher. I know he’s had injuries in the past, but it’s been a really clean spring training.“In the season, he’s been throwing regular ‘pens and doing regular work. He’s not been on the rehab table. It’s been good.”Anderson has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, including a UCL tear and ensuing Tommy John surgery (a la Brandon McCarthy). He also has experienced a stress fracture in his foot and a broken finger after being hit by a pitch last season. In fact, his season ended last season after undergoing surgery for a bulging disc in his back.“I did a bunch of rehab stuff with my back,” Anderson said. “I did a lot of proactive stuff to keep everything healthy and a ton of Vitamin D to keep my bones from breaking hopefully.“My training wasn’t focused to one part of my body. It was more total body and making sure everything was as healthy as I could possible be. And I feel good.” Injury roll callDodgers closer Kenley Jansen began a rehab assignment Friday night at single-A Rancho Cucamonga, recording a scoreless inning with one strikeout. He threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen following his inning and is schedule to take the mound again today against Inland Empire. Jansen has missed the entire start of the season due to offseason foot surgery.Mattingly said Hyun-Jin Ryu would begin throwing to live hitters on the upcoming roadtrip, but did not specify whether that would come in the four-game series against Milwaukee or a three-game set against Colorado.Mattingly also reiterated that Yasiel Puig will begin a rehabilitation assignment this week, but once again declined to provide when and where.Around the hornDodgers third baseman Juan Uribe sat for the third consecutive game despite being in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, and Mattingly said it was “nothing physical.” …. Mattingly, on rookie Joc Pederson hitting a grand slam after teammates switched his walkup song to Hanson’s “MMMBop” song: “I would use that music again. If you hit a grand slam, you take it back up there with you.” … Saturday marked the three-year anniversary of the Guggenheim Group officially taking ownership of the Dodgers with a group that includes controlling partner Mark Walter and owners Magic Johnson, Todd Boehly, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten.VIDEO: Watch Don Mattingly react to Joc Pederson hitting a grand slam to the walkup song of “MMMBop” by Hanson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error While Anderson is still searching for consistency, his injury-free April is noteworthy for an organization whose pitching depth has been tested in the first month.Dare we say Anderson has been beacon of health?“That’s the first time that’s ever been said, but I’ll take it,” Anderson said. “Obviously the results could be a little better and I’d like to pitch deeper into ballgames. But as far as being able to go out and pitch, I’ve been happy with that aspect.“I feel good. I feel healthy. The velocity and everything else will hopefully come later as the season progresses.”Anderson is scheduled to take the mound for the Dodgers in today’s series finale against the Diamondbacks and starter Chase Anderson (no relation), and Brett Anderson is hoping for quality and length. Anderson has pitched past the fifth inning just once. He is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA, 11 strikeouts and four walks in 19.6 innings with a high 1.53 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched). center_img It was a bold and ambitious move, part of a aggressive offseason for the Dodgers’ revamped front office.The decision to sign oft-injured left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract despite a slew of injuries and ailments certainly was the kind of high-risk signing that could have a major payout or blow up in their faces.The 26-year-old left-hander has been effective when healthy, but had not pitched more than 100 innings in the regular season since 2010.Yet through the first month of the season, Anderson’s health has held up.last_img read more