New Hampshire Jobs for New Hampshire Workers
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Eversource today announced a new and unique partnership that will create significant opportunities for New Hampshire workers and businesses to participate in upcoming projects that will enhance the region’s electric system. The Eversource Energy Jobs Partnership takes a proactive approach in giving qualified New Hampshire workers priority consideration for employment on these grid improvement efforts.
Eversource plans to invest more than $800 million in New Hampshire’s grid in the next five years, in addition to pursuing approvals for the $1.4 billion Northern Pass Transmission project. These projects will create the need for thousands of skilled positions at a time when there is a national shortage of qualified utility workers. New Hampshire, along with the rest of the country, is entering a period of grid modernization, prompted by the need for increased reliability and the integration of new sources of power.
The Energy Jobs Partnership focuses on three key areas of employment:
- NH Electric Utility Workers: A commitment to hire New Hampshire workers first. Under the New Hampshire Workforce Plan that Eversource will oversee, contractors working on the company’s major transmission and distribution projects will be giving priority to New Hampshire workers. Qualified New Hampshire utility workers who have often had to travel out-of-state for work will have a welcome opportunity to work close to home.
- NH Contractors: A commitment to non-union, New Hampshire-based companies that provides the opportunity to bid on work associated with these projects. These companies, often family run, will have an opportunity to take part in this major investment in New Hampshire. A full list of the qualifying work can be found by visiting Eversource.com, under “About,” “Major Project & Infrastructure.”
- Future NH Utility Workers: A first-of-its kind training program provides New Hampshire apprentices the chance to get paid while training for a highly skilled, high-demand career. Working with Eversource, the IBEW, and electrical contractors, students will receive top-notch classroom instruction, online study, and hands-on experience on the many Eversource infrastructure projects happening across the state. Participants in this program will earn a salary and will be well qualified for both in-state and out-of-area opportunities upon graduation.
“As we prepare to make significant investments in New Hampshire, we’re excited to provide these opportunities for New Hampshire’s workers, contractors, and small businesses,” said Bill Quinlan, President New Hampshire Electric Operations, Eversource. “This program also brings much-needed new workers into a thriving, good-paying industry, giving them specialized education and training for a life-long career.”
“This one-of-a-kind partnership means that, for the first time in decades, we can put highly skilled electrical linemen and electricians to work in their home state,” said Joe Casey, NH Building and Trades Council President for IBEW Local 490 who noted that the union typically recruits apprentices and sends them elsewhere to work. “We can be proud and confident that this New Hampshire work will be done by New Hampshire workers.”
This partnership helps address the critical need for qualified line workers as the utility industry sees a large portion of its workers retire. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that within seven years New England will require 5,600 utility line worker positions, 770 of them in New Hampshire. Nationally, the anticipated need is estimated to be nearly 125,000.
The Eversource Energy Jobs Partnership also makes considerable allowances for non-union, non-electrical workers to cover the significant amount of construction, environmental, and other tasks that go along with major infrastructure endeavors.
“We’ve had a number of big projects in the North Country, from pipelines to wind farms, in the last two decades,” said Allen Bouthillier, owner of A&B Excavating in Lancaster, “and it is important that local contractors like me and countless others in New Hampshire have an opportunity to benefit from these projects. This program means many excellent local contractors will have the chance to bid on millions of dollars of work.”
The Energy Jobs Partnership includes Eversource Energy, IBEW Locals 104 & 490, and transmission companies. The first apprentice class is underway, with students already benefitting from in-state learning opportunities. For more information on apprentice opportunities, contact Mike Vannatta at IBEW Local 104 (603–868–1143), or IBEW Local 490 Apprenticeship Training Director Jonathan Mitchell (603–224–4239).
More information about the Energy Jobs Partnership is available on Eversource.com. Media interested in receiving an electronic press kit should contact Lauren Collins.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns. Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH).