Consumers Energy shares training win strategy at the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinaw Policy Conference
John Russell, CEO & President of Consumer’s Energy shared that Consumers Energy has a stake in Michigan’s continuing economic rebound. Consumers is the state’s largest utility provider and the state’s second largest investor in the state’s infrastructure. The company is focused on so many issues, including sustainability, Michigan’s air alone is cleaner than it has been in the last 50 years.
Consumer’s Energy is closing coal plants, but they’re changing to cleaner renewable energy options, natural gas fire plants and wind farms and training their workforce to take on these roles. As a leading employer, workforce retention is important. Russell took part in a panel during the conference about talent retention in Michigan. Consumers Energy spends about $1.5 billion a year on infrastructure improvements and needs skilled trades and skilled labor. The Utility Workers Union of America Power for America Training Trust Fund is training the Consumer’s workforce. “The best training you can get is from someone that has done the job before” said Russell.
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