Nearly 300 students visited National Grid’s location in downtown Schenectady Friday to learn about employment opportunities in the energy industry. Students and faculty from the Neil Hellman School and Capital Region BOCES, which encompasses the Albany, Schoharie, and Schenectady regions, spent the day with over 50 National Grid employee mentors as part of National Grid’s Project C campaign.
Matthew Ward, an administrator of the Schoharie Career & Technical School attended the event chaperoning close to 60 of his own students.
“There is nothing like a hands-on experience. Seeing is believing and these kids were able to see that there are great opportunities out there,” said Ward.
The students enjoyed a day of interactive modules before going home with bags of National Grid-themed gear and pamphlets.
The day was overseen by National Grid’s Melanie Littlejohn, vice president of the New York Region.
“What we were able to do here today was amazing. Workforce development is crucial and depends on our future generations. Today we were able to open the eyes and minds of young people and share our expertise,” said Littlejohn.
National Grid hires over 100 employees annually at all levels. Similar to many companies National Grid was impacted by the pandemic and is still attempting to recuperate in all of its departments. “We’d love to hire all the young people if we were able to. One of the biggest things is that we showed the kids that their skills are transferable. The training they receive will allow them to flourish within this industry,” Littlejohn said.
National Grid, a multinational gas and electricity corporation, launched what it describes as its humanitarian initiative dubbed Project C to reaffirm the company’s commitment to its customers and the community across New York State. The project seeks environmental equity through various community outreach programs in each region of the state. Projects include volunteering at local food banks, partnering with Habitat for Humanity, and hosting public park clean-ups. With over 1,000 employees involved, National Grid has pledged 20,000 volunteer hours in the New York jurisdiction, and the company plans to reach 500,000 volunteer hours by the year 2030.
This is just the start to National Grid’s community collaboration effort. “We have many more events planned for the near future. Project C is not just about one day. Our goal is to show that we are committed to the long-term support of all of our communities, ” said Patrick Stella, communications manager at National Grid.
For more information on Project C, visit https://www.nationalgridus.com/project-c/?utm_medium=pressrelease&utm_source=creativeservices&utm_campaign=brand%7Ccommunityinitiatives%7Cproject%20c%7Call%7Call%7Cnone%7Cnone%7C2021-09-16&utm_content=press%20release