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Entergy New Orleans, Energy Smart Help Train the Workforce of the Future

11/17/2021

Careers in energy come in many forms. There are fearless lineworkers who manage Entergy New Orleans’ electrical facilities, gas workers who make sure customers have access to safe and reliable gas service, innovative tech geniuses who create tools to help keep customers informed and look to develop the next generation of sustainable products, caring customer service representatives who go above and beyond to help customers with their billing concerns, and the list goes on. But there is one thing they all have in common: they all are energy experts.

The energy industry is continuously growing, and technology advancements will always give energy colleagues the opportunity to learn. Recently, Energy Smart, Entergy New Orleans’ energy efficiency program, piloted an energy apprenticeship program for three individuals to learn the skills needed to join the energy workforce. The two-week program allowed the diverse group of New Orleans residents to meet experts in the energy and sustainability industry and work directly with customers to learn more about energy efficiency products and services.

In honor of National Apprenticeship week, which is celebrated Nov. 15-21, we are celebrating Entergy’s workforce development initiatives to recruit and retain a diverse workforce needed to grow the business. Check out some of the initiatives and projects the Energy Smart apprentices took part in.

Nick Nguyen, Cyrill Banks and Gloria Figueroa visit local McDonalds to learn how maintaining gaskets help businesses with refrigeration keep energy use and cost low.
Nick Nguyen, Cyrill Banks and Gloria Figueroa visit local McDonalds to learn how maintaining gaskets help businesses with refrigeration keep energy use and cost low.
Nick gets close and personal with LED lights at the Association of Energy Engineers World Conference.
Nick gets close and personal with LED lights at the Association of Energy Engineers World Conference.
Roof top gardens can help reduce the heat island effect produced by concrete city centers.
Roof top gardens can help reduce the heat island effect produced by concrete city centers.
Cyrill and Gloria learn how efficient LED, compact fluorescent and incandescent bulbs are for homes and businesses.
Cyrill and Gloria learn how efficient LED, compact fluorescent and incandescent bulbs are for homes and businesses.
Apprentices get an inside look at how to conduct a blower-door test to search for air leakage in homes.
Apprentices get an inside look at how to conduct a blower-door test to search for air leakage in homes.
Quick cooling tower tour at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Quick cooling tower tour at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Apprentices tour the Laitram Machinery plant to learn how engineers find energy-saving opportunities
Apprentices tour the Laitram Machinery plant to learn how engineers find energy-saving opportunities
Apprentices chat with eLuminaire reps to learn how LED lighting can keep businesses safe.
Apprentices chat with eLuminaire reps to learn how LED lighting can keep businesses safe.
The apprentices join Kevin Fitzwilliams, Energy Smart training & dev. specialist for their last day.
The apprentices join Kevin Fitzwilliams, Energy Smart training & dev. specialist for their last day.

 


Maleiya Porter-Jones
Communications Specialist II