A new partnership powers the local workforce

By 2028, there is an expected growth of four percent for electrical line installers and repairers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In collaboration with St. Petersburg College’s Workforce Institute, PowerTown secured a $367,500 Quick Response Training Grant from CareerSource Florida, which will allow the company to hire and train 100 new electrical workers over the next year.

In Florida, where tropical weather can regularly interrupt the power supply, electrical line installers and repairers are in demand. This state boasts the fourth highest employment level for this occupation in the nation. The median annual earnings for the occupation is $54,050.

“This collaboration will allow us to meet the need for skilled trades professionals, as well as open new career pathways for many students to come,” said SPC  Workforce Institute Program Director of Certifications Susan Garrett. “With the expertise of PowerTown and the workforce education talent of SPC, we intend to develop a world-class training curriculum that will support employee retention and we hope will become a model for all electrical worker trainings across the country.”

Through this partnership, SPC Workforce Institute will design and develop the training program that includes multiple industry certifications. The partnership will also offer professional development opportunities beyond the core electrical worker training in areas including:

  • Engineering
  • Logistics
  • Management and supervision
  • Project management

From these efforts, the college intends to develop a multiyear apprenticeship program spanning various career levels, from groundspersons through linepersons. 

“PowerTown is excited to have SPC as our curriculum partner. This has been quite a journey searching for the right way to develop this training for young men and women,” said PowerTown President and CEO Steve Townsend. “Thanks to the college, our dream of a career training program is finally on the horizon. Together, we’re achieving some remarkable results for SPC, PowerTown and, most importantly, for this industry that needs it so very badly.”

For more information about the program, visit workforce.spcollege.edu or call 727-341-4445.

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