Veteran Job Candidates Are Fueling the Energy Workforce

It’s likely no news to you that the propane and heating oil industries, much like the energy sector and the broader economy, have been experiencing a shortage of workers, especially in regard to delivery drivers with the training and certifications necessary to operate bobtails and other propane equipment. But there is untapped potential available in the form of one particular population of skilled, trained talent: veterans of the United States military.

Veterans Education & Transition Services (V.E.T.S.) has teamed up with Butane-Propane News (BPN), Cetane Associates, Consumer Focus Marketing, and Generation NEXT Energy Pros to work on an eight-month workforce development series with the goal of shining a light on the benefits of recruiting and hiring our country’s armed servicemen and servicewomen. Over the next few months, hear stories from industry leaders on the lessons they have learned from veterans they’ve encountered working in the energy industry and the ones they have been lucky enough to employ.

With thousands of active-duty service members transitioning into the civilian workforce every year and a number of those service members being trained and experienced in technical specialties, it only makes sense to look to these men and women as qualified candidates for propane and heating oil industry job opportunities. Jesse Lord, cofounder of V.E.T.S., was one such veteran.

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