Nicor Gas encourages careers in energy

10/16/2018, 3:51 p.m.
Careers in the energy sector are continuing to grow and as the largest natural gas distribution company in northern Illinois, ...

Careers in the energy sector are continuing to grow and as the largest natural gas distribution company in northern Illinois, Nicor Gas is celebrating Careers in Energy Week (Oct. 15-19). Nicor Gas is partnering with the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium (IEWC) and other Illinois-based energy groups to increase public awareness of careers in the energy industry and emphasizethe important role energy companies have in supporting the local economy.

According to the Center for Energy Workforce Development, nearly 50 percent of the energy workforce will retire in the next 5-10 years. In fact, Nicor Gas has already

experienced an influx of retirements over the last few years and has created a workforce development initiative that includes programs and processes to ensure that knowledge is transferred to new employees.

One of those initiative is the Nicor Gas Career Academy, which graduated its first

cohort of 21 students from the six-week job readiness program designed to prepare

participants for entry level work in the utility industry, with a focus on natural


"More than ever, there is a need to attract, train and retain a talented energy

workforce," said Pat Whiteside, vice president of Nicor Gas Business Support. "The

Nicor Gas Career Academy is one way we are working to ensure the workforce is ready to build the future of energy."

In support of Careers in Energy Week, which is recognized by Illinois Gov. Bruce

Rauner with an official proclamation, Nicor Gas is participating in the following


  • Lincoln's Challenge Academy Annual Career Day, Rantoul
  • STEM Exploration Day for Families at the Alive Center, Naperville
  • Careers in Energy, presented by the American Association of Blacks in Energy

and National Society of Black Engineers, Bolingbrook

  • Cool Jobs and Hot Careers at the Museum of Science in Industry, Chicago
  • Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo, Elk Grove Village
  • Orland Township Fall Job Fair, Orland Park
  • JA in a Day at Hermes Elementary School, Aurora

Students, educators and parents are encouraged to visit nicorgas.com/DiscoverCareersInEnergy to find educational resources on energy and

teachers can learn how to apply for one of three $250 classroom grants from the

IEWC. Website visitors can also read about the different jobs at Nicor Gas and how

each position supports Nicor Gas' commitment to deliver clean, safe, reliable and

affordable natural gas to its 2.2 million customers across more than 650 communities in northern Illinois.

The national Careers in Energy initiative is led by the Center for Energy Workforce

Development, a nonprofit organization comprised of electric, natural gas and nuclear utilizes and their industry associations. For more information, visit cewd.org.