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” provides new veteran hires with the resources and support to successfully transition from the military to National Grid. These new hires are each assigned a “buddy” in their location who has a similar background and who can offer ongoing advice and guidance. 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 250 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 by reviewing resumes and translating military language into words our hiring managers can better understand. 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.
In addition to all of our internal programs, National Grid also supports the needs of women-, minority-, veteran-owned and small businesses through our wide range of supplier diversity programs and resources. Our program has been recognized by many diversity organizations over the past several years. Most recently, the National Minority Business Council (NMBC) honored us with its 2014 Outstanding Corporate Diversity Award.