We recognize the need to have a workforce reflecting the communities we serve. There is a shortage of skilled workers and students of color aren’t aware of career opportunities in the field. They are not entering the programs that provide the education and skills that we need and from which we hire.
Legacy provides students in inner-city schools exposure to careers and leaders in the energy industry through mentoring and industry specific training.
Legacy started in the summer of 2016 and is in its 3rd cohort. After the first cohort we hired 4 graduates as college interns, 3 are still with us. We recently hired 2 more interns from the 2nd cohort. We also offered these students an opportunity to apply for technical school scholarships which were awarded to 2 students, 1 who is currently in a line worker program and the other is in a solar/renewables program. After the first cohort we had 6 students who entered the lineworker program. 5 of the 6 dropped out and we have since then, refocused our recruiting, training and exposure efforts. This spring we expect approximately 5 new students enroll in the technical college lineworker program.
We want our workforce to reflect the communities we’re privileged to serve, and while we’re making progress we are not there yet. I believe engagement from the top drives transformative change, and I’m committed to making diversity and inclusion a key priority for Xcel Energy. It’s a smart business decision that will attract the best talent and it’s the right thing to do.