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Workforce Development


POWERING OPPORTUNITY

Transforming communities through workforce development

Through Corporate and Community Relations, PECO maintains longstanding partnerships with many local, community organizations to support workforce development initiatives across the Greater Philadelphia region. We continue to strengthen these relationships, to serve as a leader in building the energy workforce of the future. By partnering with organizations like Philadelphia OIC, Philadelphia Energy Authority, School District of Philadelphia, Project H.O.M.E., and all the local community colleges; PECO aims to ensure that all the communities we serve have exposure and access to the emerging job opportunities within the energy industry.

At PECO, workforce development is the way we power and transform communities that need us the most. People are key to the success of our business and the driving force behind the work we do. From investing in educational and training opportunities to facilitating end-to-end job placement workshops aimed to create a healthier and more equitable economy, we are committed to addressing economic inequities in underserved communities where there is disproportionately high unemployment, low income and wealth gaps.

Our Mission

To enhance the employability of those who reside in the communities that PECO serves with particular emphasis on the underserved by creating opportunities inside and outside of the company.

Our Work

Through our long-established Corporate and Community Relations partnerships, PECO workforce development programs are embedded in diverse communities throughout our service territories. Our strategic priorities are focused on igniting STEM in young minds; eliminating barriers to economic empowerment; equipping work-ready adults and youth for family-supporting careers and engineering new ideas!

  • STEM Awareness and Education – We actively implement - We actively implement programs that equip youth for education in STEM and STEM careers, including college and high school internships

     
  • Barrier Reduction and Elimination – We identify barriers career seekers may experience and reduce or eliminate them

 

  • Opportunity Creation and Partnership – We create workforce academies to prepare work-ready adults for careers in energy by partnering with our schools and community organizations

 

  • Thought Leadership – We lead by example, partnering with local employers and regional and national organizations to advance the conversation and engineer new ideas

Our Impact

Since 2019, hundreds of people have participated and benefited from PECO workforce development programs.

Scholarships

  • $100K per year in STEM scholarships to students at Temple, Cheyney, Lincoln and Drexel Universities
  • $25K grants each year for two students at Williamson College of the Trades in Media, PA

 
Internships

  • PECO and Philadelphia Youth Network partner to provide internships for local high school students
  • Opportunities for college students

 
Training Programs

  • Up to 10, year-round, virtual or hybrid training programs funded by PECO in the utility industry leading to jobs in the electric, gas and solar industries
  • PECO Infrastructure Academies provide training and insights on entry-level careers

 

Opportunity Creation

  • Helper role developed from work ready adults to gain utility experience.

  • 13-week program provides Helpers with exposure to various craft apprenticeships, assigned mentors and training for successful careers.


Our Partners 

AABE 

SHPE 

Collegiate Consortium 

Beyond Literacy 

First Step Staffing 

Free Library of Philadelphia 

Hire! Philly

Main Line Chamber of Commerce 

Philadelphia OIC 

Philadelphia Academies 

Philadelphia Energy Authority 

Philadelphia Youth Network 

Project Home 

Williamson College of the Trade

Young Men and Women in Charge 

 

Our Awards

Faces of Philanthropy, Philadelphia Business Journal - Collaborative award with Philadelphia Energy Authority for impact made by funding three student cohorts and as Lead Sponsor at Frankford High School (Bright Solar Futures Lab)

Impact Awards, Center for Energy Workforce Development- Collaborative award with Philadelphia Energy Authority for community-based partnerships that resulted in fueling the talent pipeline (Bright Solar Futures Lab)

Our News

Eye Witness News (KYW-TV CBS) at Noon

Action News (WPVI-TV ABC) at 4 p.m.

Philly Voice


 

Contact the Workforce Development Team – pecowfdinquiries@exeloncorp.com



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