Georgia Power celebrated Veterans Day by recognizing the nearly 1 in 10 employees company-wide who have served in the U.S. military. Last Wednesday, Georgia Power leadership, joined by Georgia state senator and U.S. Army veteran Hunter Hill, hosted a special event at the company's Atlanta headquarters to thank the company's veterans for their service and recognize the value they bring to the company and its customers every day.
"We are committed to hiring qualified veterans into our workforce," said Sloane Evans, vice president of human resources for Georgia Power. "Partnerships with Georgia military bases, intentional on-post recruiting and the delivery of an apprentice training program are helping us connect with veterans whose specialized skillsets, core values and commitment to safety make them a natural fit for our culture."
In addition to a concentrated veteran recruitment effort, Georgia Power's Military Veterans in Power (MVP) internal employee resource group brings company executives and a diverse group of veterans from across Georgia Power together to help veterans transition from the military to the civilian workforce. The group also focuses on charitable activities and volunteering with organizations that support veterans and their families across the state.
Innovative partnerships and accolades
Georgia Power's parent company, Southern Company, is a founding partner of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, a recruiting source that links veterans to job openings in the energy industry, and actively recruits members of the Navy as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program partner. Through this program, Georgia Power has been able to transition veterans directly from military bases including Fort Stewart near Savannah to positions within the company.
Southern Company announced on Wednesday that, for the ninth consecutive year, it is the highest-ranked utility and No. 11 overall in G.I. Jobs' annual Top 100 Military Friendly Employer® listing. Moreover, Southern Company is the only energy company recognized in the Top 10 Companies for Veterans in DiversityInc. in 2015. For the sixth consecutive year, the company was voted "Best for Vets Employer" by Military Times EDGE magazine and the Most Valuable Employers for Military® by CivilianJobs.com.