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GIJOBS.COM | APRIL 2018 | G.I. JOBS 57 and new practices will be recognized and announced," says Matt Kellam, military and recruitment program coordinator for Dominion. Southern Company also is helping get Veterans in Energy off the ground. It has three veteran employee resource groups, says Cassandra Carter Wheeler, regional director for Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company. An Air Force veteran, Wheeler says VIE is a great way for their veterans to interact with other veterans across the country to learn and implement best practices. "This is a great platform for veterans to come together and discuss successes, best practices and opportunities within their specific career fields creation of veteran employee resource groups to engage and support veteran energy employees. But until VIE, there was no way to connect and support these groups at a national and state level. "Although attracting and hiring veterans is important, finding ways to support them through the transition to civilian life and keeping them in their new jobs is equally critical," she says. Dominion Energy helped develop and launch the Troops to Energy Jobs program. Since its launch in 2011, one in five of the company's hires has been a military veteran. Dominion also has a seat at the VIE board. "The Veterans in Energy organization will provide Dominion Energy's Veterans Resource Group with a place to go for resources and best practices for executing in these strategic areas of focus, ways to communicate with industry peers to benchmarking and sharing, and regional and national meetings where existing in the energy industry," she says. "It also gives veterans a professional network to connect with and learn what's new in the industry and where the industry is going for career progression." The new organization also will provide leadership opportunities for veterans in addition to mentors and professional development. "There is a huge opportunity for veteran leadership in the energy business, and we want to ensure veterans, regardless of what company they've joined, understand there are others across an array of companies who are willing to assist in their development," Pittman says. Veterans comprise 11% of employee population in investor-owned energy companies and make up 22% of the nuclear workforce. Source: Center for Energy Workforce Development survey DID YOU KNOW? Veterans in Energy is the result of recommendations by the Utility Industry Workforce Initiative (UIWI), a working group that brought six utility industry trade associations, four federal agencies and two labor groups together to identify new initiatives the energy industry can undertake to support veterans working in energy jobs. Trade Associations • Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) • Edison Electric Institute (EEI) • American Gas Association (AGA) • American Public Power Association (APPA) • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Federal Agencies • Department of Energy (DOE) • Department of Labor (DOL) • Department of Defense (DoD) • Veterans Affairs (VA) Labor Groups • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW ) • Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Chris Hale, chairman and co-founder of Victory Media and CEO of Neptune Companies, speaks about the benefits of hiring America's military into the energy sector. United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks about the energy industry and need for veterans.

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