Utility Contractor

SEP-OCT 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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COVER STORY 16 Utility Contractor | September/October 2018 W orkforce development has been heavily on the minds of many in the industry in recent years, and NUCA has been actively engaged in helping the industry find, train, and retain skilled workers. A large part of that is through NUCA's dedicated Workforce Development Committee (see page 38 for more details on the committee). The Workforce Committee is finding and creating new recruiting tools, in- cluding introducing young people to the benefits of working in construction and establishing/supporting training and vocational programs. NUCA has also partnered with the Center for America to help match companies looking for skilled employees with military veterans looking for civilian employment. Often, veterans offer the skillset – and mindset – that companies are looking for, but making the connection can be difficult. To learn more about the Center for America and its activities in match- ing companies and potential employ- ees, Utility Contractor interviewed Steve Nowlan, President and CEO of the Center for America. Nowlan has directed public affairs and litigation management initiatives for more than 100 Fortune 500 companies and been retained by more than 50 foundations to develop giving strategies, policies, and program evaluation techniques. He has worked with many nonprofit organizations across America to im- prove their communications, market- ing and management objectives. WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Hiring Veterans Can Help Bridge the Gap

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