100 Years of Doble: Nurturing the Next Gen of Power Industry Leaders
For the last several years, our sector has been losing a significant portion of its workforce to retirement. Coupled with concerns around a lack of new engineers to fill the void, power and utility companies are realizing they need to reskill their workforce to meet changing requirements spurred by digitalization.
According to the Global Energy Talent Index, 48 percent of power professionals are concerned about an impending talent emergency and an additional 38 percent say their company has already been affected by skills shortages.
Academic partnerships lead the way
Doble is committed to solving the talent shortage problem through creating career paths into the industry. We’ve been partnering with the best technical colleges in the U.S. and abroad to help close skills gaps by preparing engineers with the theoretical knowledge, technical skills, and hands-on training they need to be successful in the field.
Doble has provided more than $100K in test equipment, training and support annually to colleges. These donations allow students to learn foundational skills on equipment and technology used by utilities, so they graduate with application experience and already know how to use the tools that’ll use every day when they are employed. We also collaborate with academic institutions on research and product development that enhance power system reliability around the world.
These partnerships don’t just benefit and solve talent-related challenges for utilities – they also offer engineers the right skills as an entry point for a lucrative and secure career.
Our academic partnerships reflect the principles that Frank Doble envisioned when he created our company. Helping utilities ensure the ongoing reliability, safety and security of the power grid is at the core of everything Doble does, and that includes supporting utilities in skilling and reskilling the workforce to help them not only keep up in an evolving industry but bring it into the future.
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