Training the Utility Workforce for the Future
- Oct 14, 2021 11:59 am GMT
There are many issues that will impact utilities as they try to recruit new workers, and retain the existing ones. Previous articles have covered this issue, but to recap briefly – a large proportion of the workforce is aging, and on the way to retirement. Utilities have to compete with other, higher profile industries, for young entrants. The way utilities work is changing, with bidirectional power systems, advanced ICT and mobile working being just some of the challenges/opportunities.
Even the methods of training are changing. Probably in the past new entrants would get an induction at head office with lectures from professional trainers, as well as senior staff. Perhaps they would go on individual training courses as their careers progressed. Is that easy to do now? Just getting people together in one room is an obstacle. Remote conferencing is highly useful, but we are learning that it has drawbacks, in terms of lack of attention or people having meetings disrupted by children or pets, for example.
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