Duke Energy is partnering with the S.C. Technical College System to invest $1 million in grants to expand training opportunities for much-needed utility lineworkers across the state.
The company will need this workforce as it builds a smart, secure and flexible electric infrastructure to better serve customers and keep South Carolina competitive now and in the years ahead.
As Duke Energy and other utilities build the smart-thinking grid of the future — and the industry adapts to an aging workforce that will retire in the coming years — thousands of jobs will be created and filled.
The Carolinas Energy Workforce Consortium — a partnership of utilities in the Carolinas led by Duke Energy that helps ensure the two states have a sustainable, qualified workforce — is projecting the need for at least 500 lineworker hires every year for the next five years in South Carolina.
The S.C. Technical College Lineworker Grant Program was created to help fill this need and will focus on filling the ranks for existing and new industry demand of certified lineworkers. The grants will fund existing lineworker programs or help create new programs at the state’s technical colleges. A committee will award grants twice a year with a maximum grant for any program capped at $200,000.