October 13-19, 2014: Careers in Energy Week

WHEREAS, access to affordable, reliable energy is a fundamental part of everyday life of Michiganders; and

WHEREAS, energy supports the most basic but essential daily activities of Michiganders such as feeding our families, commuting to work, powering and heating our homes, and meeting the energy demands of all sectors from agriculture to manufacturing; and

WHEREAS, Michigan’s energy sector is in the process of a transformation with efforts to develop cleaner technology and utilize more energy efficient practices, and will reinvest in new generation and infrastructure facilities as older facilities are retired over the next ten years; and

WHEREAS, the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium is a coalition of employers, educators, and workforce developers dedicated to identify and act on current and future workforce issues that are crucial to building and sustaining Michigan’s energy industry; and

WHEREAS, Michigan’s energy workforce boasts 84,000 jobs in Michigan and is expected to increase by 5.6 percent by 2018; and

WHEREAS, approximately 50 percent of workers in Michigan’s utility sector will leave the industry over the next 5 -7 years making it vital to increase worker skills and training programs; and

WHEREAS,  Michigan’s economy continues to grow and become more competitive, the biggest hurdle is training the right talent with the right skills and matching that talent with in-demand employment opportunities; and

WHEREAS, Michigan’s energy sector provides competitive wages for a number of occupations requiring varying levels of education ranging from on-the-job training to bachelor’s and master’s degrees; and

WHEREAS, energy-related industries provide a multitude of career opportunities in Michigan ranging from lineworkers to power plant operators, customer service representatives to accountants, technicians to engineers; and

WHEREAS, Michigan’s energy and utility providers have a presence in schools and on college and university campuses and recruits with a focus on hiring Michigan students; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 13-19, 2014 as Careers in Energy Week in Michigan.