Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a proclamation to commemorate Iowa’s second-ever Careers in Energy Week, which begins Monday, October 13 and formally goes through Friday, October 17.
Iowa’s Careers in Energy Week is part of a related effort happening this week in several states throughout the nation to encourage the pursuit of rewarding careers in the energy industry.
The proclamation states, in part, “Energy is an essential requirement for commercial and economic growth, including our state’s leading economic drivers, such as agriculture, tourism, financial services and energy production itself.” It continues: “Energy-related industries are actively working to develop a talent pipeline to produce and recruit workers to ensure future reliability, replacing retiring workers and maintaining a highly skilled and talented workforce to meet the new challenges of our evolving economy.”
While October 13-17 is designated as Careers in Energy Week and is a time when Iowa’s investor-owned utilities—such as Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy and MidAmerican Energy—specifically invite individuals to explore energy-related careers, the utilities are working all year long in partnership with their local communities to provide information regarding the stable, rewarding nature of careers within the industry. Ongoing activities include partnerships with community colleges’ existing energy educational programs, community career day events and energy industry presentations within school curriculums.
The IUA encourages those seeking more information about Iowa’s Careers in Energy Week efforts to contact their respective utility companies. The IUA also recommends you view the Iowa Workforce Development’s recently published “2014 Iowa Industry Profile: Utilities,” which shows updated workforce data for the utilities sector as a whole and specific workforce data for subsectors such as electrical power generation.