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FEATURE

OGA Members Work

to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in
Response to Pending Retirements

TIME WAITS FOR NO one, especially the
large number of Ohio natural gas utility
employees eligible to retire within the
next five years. OGA member companies are working to refill the pipeline of
skilled employees today to succeed tomorrow's retirees.
"While we are blessed with a great workforce, there are a large number of employees eligible for retirement in the near term,"
notes Jeff Murphy, Dominion East Ohio vice
president and general manager.
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According to Kevin Dobbins, human
resources manager, 780, or 49.9 percent, of
Dominion East Ohio's current 1,567 employees are eligible to retire within the next five
years. In recruiting the prospective retirees'
successors, the company is seeking applicants with specialized training and skills
in such areas as: heating, ventilation and
air conditioning; drafting; auto-computeraided design; geographical information systems; data analysis; project management;
engineering; and general maintenance.

Vectren faces a similar challenge, as
40 percent of the company's current 722
employees will be eligible to retire within
five years, says Renee Palmer, director,
Talent Management & Organizational
Development.
"Our company has a robust recruiting
platform inclusive of a variety of recruiting
sources," Palmer explains. "These sources
include, but are not limited to: online job
boards; specialty job boards; college, community, and specialty related career fairs;
passive candidate sourcing tools; and external recruitment efforts. Our platform also
includes targeted recruitment strategies for
specific technical and professional fields."
Although Ohio utilities may be competing
for some of the same applicants, they also
are working cooperatively to attract new
workers to the overall industry, Dobbins and
Palmer say. "We work with a utility consortium and a state technical school to promote
utility position openings," Palmer says.
"Yes, there is competition among the
other utilities companies, as they are experiencing similar situations with high rates
of an aging workforce," Dobbins says.
"However, we have formed partnerships
with these other utility companies and work
to develop processes and strategies to fill
vacancies within the entire industry, such
as, the Ohio Workforce Consortium. This
group, through work with the Center for
Energy Workforce Development, has created a campaign titled, "Get Into Energy,"
which focuses on recruitment efforts for
careers in the energy and utility industry.
In other cases, some of the future retirees' successors already may be on the
companies' payroll. "Some specific positions within the scope of these technical
skills will require a focus on training existing employees to fill the anticipated job
vacancies," Palmer says. "Our company is
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OGA Pipeline 2016

President’s Corner
Executive Roundtable
Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - President’s Corner
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Executive Roundtable
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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