"This week offers students across the state hands-on experiences, giving them the tools they need to understand the many paths to a great career." – Tracy DiSanto, Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium
DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) and the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC) are using Careers in Energy Week, Oct. 15-19, to let Michigan students and adults know about professional opportunities in the energy industry all over the state.
Now in its fifth year, Careers in Energy Week will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about career possibilities in a growing industry.
More than 108,000 Michigan residents hold energy-related jobs today, and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency estimates energy jobs will grow by six percent through 2026.
"Careers in Energy Week puts the spotlight squarely on the exciting opportunities that are available for Michigan's next generation to continue powering our state," said Amber Fogarty, energy talent pipeline specialist for Consumers Energy. "We want students to come away from this week's activities seeing they can have a bright future doing all types of challenging, rewarding work for energy providers."
"The high demand for skilled trades professionals in Michigan's energy industry continues," said Tracy DiSanto, co-chair of the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC). "This week offers students across the state hands-on experiences, giving them the tools they need to understand the many paths to a great career."
Careers in Energy Week helps feed the talent pipeline for jobs in the growing energy industry. Energy providers have hired over 2,500 new employees into energy careers since January 2017, and up to 1,000 internship and co-op students.
During Careers in Energy Week, the MEWDC will launch its first social media contest, "I Got Into Energy," (#GetIntoEnergyMichigan) for high schoolers. Students will participate in social media activities throughout the week to increase visibility of energy industry careers.
"Michigan is bursting at the seams with endless opportunities in the Professional Trades," said Talent and Economic Development (Ted) Interim Director Jeremy Hendges. “It's vital we have people with the Professional Trades skills needed to keep our state moving forward. "
For the full list of events taking place for Careers in Energy Week and to access "I Got Into Energy" videos, go to http://consortia.getintoenergy.com/michigan/