John Russell, CEO & President Consumers Energy Discusses Power for America Training Trust Partnership
Consumers Energy CEO and President John Russell recently attended the Mackinaw Policy Conference and took time to speak with WWJ-AM about infrastructure. Consumers Energy is the second largest investor in Michigan, they invest about $1.5 billion each year in infrastructure. The number one thing that Consumers Energy needs in order to make that happen is people that have skilled trades to work on our infrastructure. Whether its welders, boiler makers, or linesmen, we need the people that do the hands on work everyday. Someone has to dig the ditches and work on the lines. The people in those work forces should be very much appreciated and should take pride in what they do.
Consumers Energy has a partnership with their union, the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), which is a union that has represented Consumers for years. “We started a program with them that trains employees to take over the jobs that others are retiring from. We hire about 700 people a year due to retirement, so we’re always looking for new people” said John Russell, CEO & President Consumers Energy.
The UWUA created a program called P4A – Power for America Training. P4A is creating the trained workforce for Consumers and other utility companies. Consumers is paying P4A to do the employee training of their skilled trades employees.
Russell states “I want the people that did the work to be able to train the next generation to do that work.” Consumers Energy appreciates and takes pride in all of its employees.
“They take care of situations that most people run away from whether its the storms, the outages or gas leaks, we’re the ones that go in and take care of business. Being the largest utility in the state, we care about our customers and we want them to be safe” said Russell of Consumers Energy employees.