The initiative opens doors for new talent, promoting a diverse and inclusive team. - Photo: SoCalGas

The initiative opens doors for new talent, promoting a diverse and inclusive team.

Photo: SoCalGas

In support of Military Appreciation Month, SoCalGas and the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) have announced a new partnership with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Skillbridge program to hire qualified veterans and provide training resources through the UWUA’s Utility Workers Military Assistance Program (UMAP). The program is specifically designed for service members to gain civilian work experience through various industry trainings or internships during the individual’s last 180 days of military service prior to separation.

The goal is to help bridge the gap of those who are retiring from active military service and transitioning into civilian life. An estimated 200,000 service members transition out of the military annually nationwide. In addition to becoming a Skillbridge provider, SoCalGas is now a DoD-registered veteran employer partner.

In addition to participation in Skillbridge -- SoCalGas, the UWUA, and International Chemical Workers Union (ICWUC) are creating new jobs that will expand diversity and inclusion within the company. This initiative is expected to remove previous requirements and allow the utility to hire from a larger pool of applicants across all genders, age, and mobility. Beginning in the second half of 2021, applicants for this newly created Leak Survey Technician job in SoCalGas’ Distribution sector will no longer be subject to the 100 lb. lifting requirement. The utility is planning to recruit and hire for new these positions within the Distribution sector over the next several years.

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