2021 Predictions and Trends – The pandemic forever changed how we train, and the election results may bring about new climate change legislation
- Jan 25, 2021 4:32 pm GMT
This item is part of the State of the Industry 2021 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
As a tumultuous 2020 finally came to an end, we look at 2021 with guarded optimism. The pandemic, political upheaval and social unrest marked 2020 as one we would just as soon forget but also respect as a valuable teaching experience as we look to 2021 and beyond. Two trends impacting the electric utility and energy industries stand out most glaringly: (1) changes to how we train as a result of the pandemic, and (2) the political shift in Washington resulting in new climate change legislation.
The pandemic forever changed how we train
For the electric utility industry, much like many other industries, personnel training during the pandemic took on a new format, with courses and live simulations conducted remotely and online. While the quick pivot and leveraging of remote technologies was impressive, not all participants enjoyed the same benefits. As system operations personnel were either sequestered together with their shift partners or forced to work remotely, utilities sometimes struggled to provide initial training for new hires and grappled to deliver effective On-the-Job Training (OJT). Thankfully, the industry reacted, adapted, and eventually overcame those challenges. Unfortunately, initial and on-the-job training challenges will likely persist as we anxiously begin to navigate this new year with the awareness of our vulnerabilities to the emergence of a new pandemic.
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