Training Programs Are Geared To Enhance Diversity
June 28, 2021
To attract, develop and retain a diverse and talented workforce in today’s highly competitive job market, FirstEnergy is committed to implementing a broader and comprehensive recruiting strategy. This commitment supports our aspirational goal to increase the diversity of our workforce – which is essential to building a more sustainable company, achieving our objectives and bringing the FirstEnergy mission to life.
One way we support our goal is by offering scholarships to FirstEnergy training programs, which encourage people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds to learn skilled crafts and enter careers with our company.
“FirstEnergy understands and supports the value of students from diverse cultures and various ethnic backgrounds,” said Dan Rossero, vice president, FE Fleet Operations. “We know that the key to a bright future is a diverse and inclusive workforce, where employees feel a strong sense of belonging.”
While we are focused on broadening our talent pool, FirstEnergy remains committed to recruiting and hiring the best candidate for the job and to support employees’ development and growth. All candidates will be evaluated on their skills and qualifications. Diverse candidates will not receive preferential treatment in the selection process due to FirstEnergy issuing these scholarships. All candidates must successfully complete all steps in our selection process, which include being academically ready at our partnering colleges, completing a technical evaluation and qualifying school, passing a background check and interviewing with operating company leadership.
PSI’s Equal Access Scholarship Program and Regulated Generation’s Fleet Operations Diversity Scholarship are designed to encourage individuals of historically underrepresented backgrounds to enroll and qualify for front-line training programs with the company.
The Equal Access Scholarship provides $1,000 per month, which can total up to $21,000 over the duration of the PSI training program for line and substation students. The award can be used to offset housing, transportation and other living expenses. PSI is awarding up to 50 scholarships through the program this year. Candidates must reside in our service territory.
The Fleet Operations Diversity Scholarship provides as much as $3,500 per year for up to two years of coursework within the Energy Systems Operation Pathway at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, W.Va. The program leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Successful graduates move into operations, maintenance, instrumentation and controls or other technically oriented positions at FirstEnergy generating facilities.
Both scholarships are open to diverse students who historically have been underrepresented in the skilled craft trades, including Black or African American, Native American or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, people of two or more races; Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and female candidates.