October 17 - 21 recognizes the public utility workforce in New Jersey
TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Utilities Association, the statewide trade association for the investor-owned utilities, and its 15 member companies are recognizing the third week in October, the 17 to the 21, as New Jersey Careers in Utilities Week.
In an effort to promote the various career opportunities that exist in the utility industry, NJUA is supporting a Utility Job and Career Fair hosted by Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo on Monday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer, located at Mercer County Community College.
At the event, which is free and open to the public, NJUA member companies including PSE&G, American Water, New Jersey Natural Gas, SUEZ, Rockland Electric Company, Aqua New Jersey, Jersey Central Power & Light, Middlesex Water Company, Atlantic City Electric, South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas, as well as many non-utility organizations will be on hand to accept resumes, answer questions and provide information about careers and related educational programs in the utility and trade businesses.
“With an estimated 50 percent of the nation’s energy workforce preparing to retire in the next few years, it’s critical that New Jersey’s public utilities maintain an active, skilled workforce for the future of our state,” said Andrew Hendry, president and CEO of NJUA.
New Jersey Careers in Utilities Week was established through a joint resolution unanimously approved by both houses of the New Jersey Legislature. The week coincides with the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s Careers in Energy Week and was developed to raise awareness of the job opportunities in the utility industry. It also serves as a way to acknowledge the more than 28,000 service-minded men and women employed by the State’s investor-owned public utilities who maintain, operate and support the infrastructure that serve New Jersey residents and businesses 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year.
“Utilities have an impact on all of our daily lives. A talented, educated workforce ensures that residents and businesses across the state have access to the natural gas, electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications services we rely on,” said Mary Patricia Keefe, chairperson of NJUA’s board of directors and vice president of regulatory affairs and business support for Elizabethtown Gas. “This week is a wonderful opportunity to remind people about the employment opportunities provided by these companies and to recognize the hardworking men and women who operate our critical infrastructure each and every day.”
The Conference Center at Mercer is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. For more information about the Utility Job and Career Fair, please contact Assemblyman DeAngelo’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 631-7501.