CHICAGO – ComEd joined industry and education partners in the region to organize “Powering Your Career Path”, a community career event at the united center to inspire and recruit more young people to consider career paths in STEM fields at ComEd. The event attracted 2,000 local students and included more than 70 career booths, leadership roundtables, networking opportunities and information sessions designed to help the next generation prepare for employment in roles that will support the clean energy transition.
“There has never been a more exciting time to work at ComEd and in our industry, as we grow to meet the new demand for clean energy and ensure that all of our communities are equipped to face change. climate,” said ComEd’s president and chief operating officer. Terence R. Donnelly. “Today’s career event is part of an overall effort to engage diverse young talent from the communities we proudly serve to prepare for the careers of tomorrow, including the hundreds of family support jobs we will be filling. over the next two years here at ComEd.’
On Career Day, students toured on-site demonstrations, gathered scholarship information at the University Center, and attended information and networking sessions with ComEd leaders, who described positions growing within the company, such as construction and trades, engineering, IT, HR. , finance and administration. More than 50 local schools participated, including more than 20 Chicago Public Schools (SPC).
“Today’s ComEd Career Day event provides a wonderful opportunity for students to explore many STEM career options and meet people who are currently working in these fields,” said CPS CEO. Pedro Martinez. “We want students to not only learn how they can enter these fields, but also grow and grow as experts and leaders.”
ComEd is committed to expanding its workforce in the coming years, with plans to onboard at least 500 entry-level craft positions over the next two years. This expansion will support ComEd as it prepares for the clean energy transition by Illinoiswhich requires skilled new talent to support the integration of new technologies that will reduce carbon emissions and prepare the grid infrastructure to be resilient to more extreme weather conditions due to climate change and increased demand due to climate change. adoption of more electric vehicles (EVs).
Entering the energy and STEM sector offers future leaders the opportunity to have an impact on climate change, while earning a good salary. Industry data shows that public service careers offer competitive pay – up to 35% higher than others WE industries (U.S. Energy and Jobs Report, 2021). At ComEd, the average starting salary for an airline assistant, a gateway position to a line worker, is $29 one hour, plus benefits.
“IBEW Local 15 is proud to partner with ComEd to prepare the workforce of tomorrow, starting with our next generation,” said Terry McGoldrickPresident of IBEW Local 15. “Today’s ComEd Career Day offers students across the region an important insight into what it takes to fill rewarding positions in the electrical trades, which we know will be increasingly essential to feed Illinois safe communities in the years to come.
ComEd’s investments in training and recruitment are helping to create a local talent pool that is ready to meet future demands as clean energy jobs are on the rise. Last year alone, the WE the energy sector has created more than 300,000 new jobs, globally exceeding WE employment growth (USEER 2022). Growth in the energy sector is set to soar thanks to significant federal investments that will help catalyze the development of clean energy infrastructure through the Inflation Reduction Act and the IIJA.
To prepare a diverse and qualified talent pool, ComEd offers a range of in-depth professional training and learning style programs, including the CONSTRUCT Infrastructure Academy, Dawson Tech overhead power line workers training program – a partnership with the Chicago City Colleges – and scholarship programs to help students earn STEM degrees. As a result of continued investments to expand training and education programs, last year nearly 1,700 local residents were impacted by ComEd job training and STEM education programs.
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), a Fortune 200 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the WE ComEd powers the lives of over 4 million customers in the north Illinois, or 70% of the state’s population. For more information, visit ComEd.com and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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