Formed in March 2006, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations: the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), American Gas Association (AGA), Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming shortage of skilled workforce in the utility industry. It is the first partnership between utilities, their associations, contractors, and unions to focus on the need to build a skilled workforce pipeline that will meet future industry needs.
CEWD is teaming with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions and the workforce system to create workable solutions to address the need for a qualified, diverse workforce. CEWD has established a partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Utility Workers Union of America.
In addition, CEWD has partnerships with the Association for Career and Technical Educational, the Energy Providers Coalition for Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the National Association of Workforce Boards. Through CEWD, the energy industry is taking a proactive approach to preparing workers of all ages and skills for a successful utility career.