The American Public Power Association has approved new policy resolutions in support of federal efforts in the area of utility workforce development. Eight resolutions were approved by APPA’s Legislative & Resolutions Committee at the APPA 2016 Legislative Rally, including workforce development.
Electric utilities face considerable challenges in securing and training an adequate workforce. Technological advances, the aging workforce, and demographics pose challenges in recruiting, training, and retaining a skilled workforce to meet the rapidly changing demands of the electric utility sector. These problems are even more challenging for smaller public power systems that lack the recruitment and training resources of larger investor-owned utilities.
APPA stated that it therefore urges Congress to ensure the eligibility of local governmental entities in the workforce activities anticipated under any legislation; and calls on Congress and the Administration to include continuing education for utility employees among the eligible programs and activities for federal workforce development agencies’ resources.
More than 600 locally elected and appointed officials, legislative experts, and APPA members attended the APPA Legislative Rally, March 7-10, to meet with their members of Congress and Administration officials and discuss issues critical to the future of public power.