From the front lines to the power lines — recruiting veterans is the right thing to do and it's a smart business decision, for our company, our industry and our nation.
- A skilled energy work force is critical to America’s national security and economic competitiveness
- We in the energy industry can help pave the way for successfully transitioning veterans into civilian jobs
- Military service people have the training, experience, discipline and leadership skills to help us succeed.
- And companies like ours can feel proud that we’re moving dedicated servicemen and women from the front lines to the power lines ... for the benefit of us all
Our Veteran Programs
Troops to Energy
National Grid partnered with the Center for Energy Workforce Development and other utilities across the country to help create the Troops to Energy Jobs (T2E) initiative. As a result, we’ve increased our veteran hiresfrom more than 100 since August 2013 to 435 employees who have self-identified as veterans. We use the T2E website to successfully match veterans and service members’ skillsets to positions within the industry ranging from field operations, engineers and analysts to the executive boardroom.
Veteran to Veteran
The Veteran to Veteran (V2V) “buddy system” is an optional program that provides new veteran hires with the resources and support to successfully transition from the military to National Grid. This program is supported by the Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG). Each new hire is assigned a “buddy” in their work location who has a similar background and who can offer ongoing advice and guidance as new veteran employees settle into their jobs. Buddies also provide information and resources on our corporate culture (including leadership qualities and Line of Sight) and guidelines for ethical behavior, inside the company and out.
Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG)
Nearly 400 members strong, VERG's mission is to foster an environment that provides opportunities for professional development and community building. It also creates a network of veterans and patriots who help the recruiting team attending recruiting events and helping new members with the V2V program. VERG also has a strong community presence, with veteran members participating in charitable fundraisers and events across our jurisdictional communities – ranging from Habitat to Humanity house builds, to veteran stand downs, to Welcome Home Wounded Warrior events, providing care packages to warrior’s oversees and helping at the VA hospital providing hot meal and care packages to the veterans. Recently, VERG was the recipient of the 2017 Chairman’s Awards in Exceeding for Our Communities, the highest National Grid Award for going above and beyond.
It is National Grid’s goal to provide veteran owned, minority, women-owned, small, sustainable businesses and all other diverse business enterprises an equal opportunity to participate in National Grid’s procurement and sourcing process.
National Grid understands multicultural changes and trends in the utility sector and believes in developing a rich, diverse supply chain. Through our pipeline the supplier diversity and sustainability program encourages the inclusion of diverse vendors by providing opportunities in these areas:
- Certification Assistance
- Business Development Programs
- Supplier Mentorship Programs
- Capital Access Programs
National Grid partners with SBA programs and other social organizations to provide a higher level of service and assistance to the veteran community.