For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (September 30, 2019) – The pace of major infrastructure work on BGE's gas system is increasing as the company replaces older equipment to maintain its reliability and safety. To ensure its major contractors have access to able and willing employees, BGE has partnered with Civic Works to launch the BGE Workforce Collaborative.
During a seven-week training period, participants will receive job skills training, network with potential employers, and receive wraparound services such as transportation and assistance in obtaining a driver's license or child care in order to remove barriers to steady employment.
"By partnering with Civic Works, we will strive to put individuals on a trajectory not just to a job, but a family-sustaining career. That is potentially both transformational for individuals and an investment in our community," said Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of BGE. "This program also helps our contractors by supplying a consistent pipeline of qualified employees, which helps with job performance."
Civic Works recruits and screens participants and administers both the training program and wraparound services. BGE serves as the conduit between its network of gas and electric contractors and Civic Works, funds the program, and provides oversight to ensure graduates meet the standards necessary to work on its system.
"We are thrilled to partner with BGE in the launch of the BGE Workforce Collaborative. This initiative will build pathways to family-sustaining careers for unemployed and underemployed residents, and will address the critical need for skilled workers in our local utility infrastructure industry," said Dana Stein, executive director of Civic Works.
The Workforce Collaborative will expand in 2020 to include the Power 52 Foundation, a non-profit that provides career training and job placement opportunities in the renewable energy sector. Participant classes will occur on a rolling basis throughout the year. This initiative is part of BGE's Smart Energy Workforce Development Program, which works to develop diverse talent pipelines representative of BGE's entire service area.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017 and 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In addition, in the J.D. Power 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM BGE received Best in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service in the East. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (or "BGE") received the highest score in the East Large segment of the 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study and the East Region of the 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study of electric and gas utility customer satisfaction among business customers. Visit jdpower.com/awards.
About Civic Works:
Civic Works is Baltimore's urban service corps and an AmeriCorps program. Our mission is to strengthen Baltimore's communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works' AmeriCorps members and staff tutor and mentor students, create community parks and gardens, help homeowners conserve energy, grow food for low-income residents, rehabilitate abandoned houses, involve families in Baltimore City schools, make homes safer for older adults, and recruit volunteers. Civic Works also trains Baltimore residents for employment in the healthcare and green job industries. For more information, please visit www.civicworks.com.