Southern California Edison’s Lineworker Scholarship Program

EEI Member Company Southern California Edison
Program Location Rosemead, , CA
Industry DEI Goals

Establish infrastructure academies and training programs

Remove barriers to entry by expanding and broadening the pool of diverse candidates

Project Description

Southern California Edison (SCE) is focused on building a workforce that reflects the diverse area we serve. In 2021, in partnership with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 47, we launched the Lineworker Scholarship Program. This four-year, $1 million scholarship program awards up to $25,000 per recipient to provide tuition, tools, and support services to complete required training at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Graduates qualify for an entry-level groundman/groundwoman position at SCE once they complete the Powerline Mechanic Certificate program, obtain a Class A driver’s license, and complete SCE preemployment requirements.

The first cohort of scholars all obtained their Powerline Mechanic certificate, and five have since begun their careers at SCE, while several others are in various stages of completion of pre-employment requirements. Several others are engaged in various stages of pre-employment requirements. We welcomed our second cohort into the program in 2022, continuing our focus on attracting Black candidates — an underrepresented group in the profession in comparison to the population in our service area. This cohort was comprised of 12 scholars, including our first female scholar.

In 2022, we also launched our SCE Lineworker Navigator Program, a one-on-one mentorship that pairs each new lineworker with an experienced employee. This six-month program was designed to support new lineworkers by creating a positive onboarding experience and reinforcing safety best practices. We also aim to increase long-term retention by helping new hires to build one of the most critical components to their success: teamwork.