US: Siemens Foundation to train workforce for charging sector

Siemens Foundation has kicked off a ten-year workforce development initiative in the US. The goal is to build up a skilled workforce for the growing EV charging sector.

The programme, called ‘EVeryone Charging Forward,’ is meant to be inclusive, meaning that the Siemens Foundation “seeks to ensure and scale equitable access to jobs for individuals from all backgrounds.” The foundation is investing 30 million dollars in the initiative.

The programme will first focus on the Midwest and Southeast, specifically Michigan and North Carolina. Together with partners, Siemens Foundation will use the investment “to enable hundreds of individuals across both states to access EV charging job opportunities.”

As part of ‘EVeryone Charging Forward,’ Siemens Foundation will set up “a central hub of best practices in developing a more inclusive EV charging workforce” with the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices (NGA) and the National League of Cities Institute (NLC). They are also working with the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) “to create accessible pathways for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities towards well-paying, technical jobs in the EV charging sector, particularly in assembly, installation, and maintenance.”

“The $1.5 trillion investment in infrastructure from the Biden Administration presents an unprecedented opportunity for the United States to reclaim and maintain a leadership role in manufacturing while growing the clean energy economy. But, to accomplish these goals, we must attract, train and retain an inclusive workforce like never before,” says David Etzwiler, CEO of Siemens Foundation. “The ‘EVeryone Charging Forward’ initiative aligns with our priorities and expertise, and so we’re excited to be working with our partners to accomplish our shared goals.”



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