PG&E PowerPathway Program Targets Veterans

Swords to Plowshares is partnering with the Pacific Gas and Electric PowerPathway Program (PG&E PowerPathway) for a third year to kick off their Gas Pipeline Inspector training in March 2016. Using an Employer Driven Curriculum (EDC), this all-veteran training cohort follows a condensed, professional curriculum to teach and train veterans to perform skilled jobs in the utility industry.

In the EDC model, Swords to Plowshares works with an employer to determine the skills requirement and then taps in to our veteran network to recruit the necessary talent. We pre-screen all veterans by assessing their skills and backgrounds, administering tests, and interviewing them in person to ensure they are a good fit. We also provide case management for each participant during the training cohort.

Erica Trejo, Director of Employment and Training at Swords to Plowshares, said that her organization is excited to partner with PG&E PowerPathway because the program understands the needs of veterans and provides them the opportunity to gain invaluable skills in the utility industry, setting them up for lifelong careers.

“This partnership provides veterans with a life-altering opportunity. Our last cohort resulted in 100 percent placement in not simply jobs, but in careers that provide competitive Bay Area living wages,” said Trejo. “We are proud of our veterans’ dedication throughout the training and of PG&E PowerPathway’s commitment to our veterans.”

For those who wish to apply, the deadline is February 5, 2016. This year’s PG&E cohort will accept 20 veterans for training, who will receive free NACE CIP I testing and certification to further their careers in the coating and corrosion industry. The cohort will last seven weeks from March to April 2016, held weekdays from 7am to 4pm, and includes classroom training at Swords to Plowshares’ office in Oakland as well as field training. All veterans who live within a 50-mile radius of the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply.

“Over the years, Swords to Plowshares has been a great partner with our PowerPathway program for careers at PG&E and the utility industry,” said Justin Real, Senior Program Manager of PG&E Talent Management & Inclusion. “Among our many diversity goals is training and hiring more veterans. Swords to Plowshares has a proven track record of providing support services and helping our veterans re-enter the workforce. Together we are helping to build a better California.”


If you are a veteran please visit PG&E’s website to apply.

If you are an employer interested in the EDC model please contact employment and training at [email protected].