BGE's Smart Energy Workforce Summit partners with local
workforce development agencies and vocational schools to help increase awareness
of job opportunities with utilities and the types of
skills necessary for energy careers.
initial focus is to increase the applicant pool for the BGE Utility
Trainee program, in which entry level employees develop the fundamental skills
needed to work safely on natural gas and electric system. A primary requirement
for the BGE Utility Trainee program is passing the Construction and Skilled
Trades (CAST) Test, a utility industry standard that is a first step on the path
to a career in energy. Through the Smart Energy Workforce
Development program more than 30 organizations in central Maryland will receive
access to BGE’s CAST Test Preparation Course. BGE is also providing
train-the-trainer workshops to prepare these organizations’ instructors for
leading the Test Preparation Course. This will enable these organizations to
focus on helping individuals be better prepared job applicants.