New Year, New Opportunity for Youth from Greater Philadelphia
PECO’s Underground and Aerial Line School welcomed 27 new Aerial Line Apprentices and 10 new Underground Apprentices into the company after an intensive 12-week program. During the program, graduates developed fundamental skills needed to work safely on the company’s electric distribution system.
Friends, family, and school instructors joined the graduating class in celebrating this significant professional accomplishment. The new team reported to their assignments and joined PECO’s front lines on Monday, December 19. PECO received hundreds of applications for last year’s program. As part of the hiring process, the selected candidates went through a series of interviews and physical assessments before joining the workforce.
PECO also targets job seekers across the Philadelphia region and plays a critical role in helping diversify the energy sector. In 2021, PECO launched a 14-week Helper Pool Pre-Apprenticeship Program that was designed to remove barriers to workforce entry.
According to data from the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), Black and Latinx Americans make up 8% and 16% of energy workers in the U.S., respectively. This is compared to making up 12% and 18%, respectively, of the overall U.S. labor force.
Monte Stokes, David Garcia and Angelo Perez were all a part of PECO’s Helper Pool Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The program is designed to help prepare individuals to apply for, and succeed in, energy jobs. Today, the graduates stand as an example of PECO’s mission to provide family-sustaining careers to individuals who never thought they could enter the force without prior work experience. Stokes, Garcia and Perez are all new Aerial Line Apprentices after graduating PECO’s Aerial Line School, an opportunity learned through the Helper Pool Pre-Apprenticeship Program.