EPA Hosts Water Workforce Webinar

Join EPA HQ and water operators in Idaho to learn more about the tools supporting water system operators in their role of protecting public health.  Register today for Supporting the Water Workforce: Tools for Water System Operators:  The Knowledge Retention Tool and Electronic Preventive Maintenance Logs

DATE:              Thursday, March 1, 2018

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

Whether managing regular system maintenance, preparing for personnel transition, or entering into a partnership with a neighboring system, operators can benefit from incorporating these tools into their system’s management. Presenters from Idaho will share their first-hand experiences using the tools and highlight key features.  Please share this opportunity with your systems, assistance providers, and other state personnel with an interest in workforce issues.

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GAO Releases Water Workforce Report

Earlier today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report titled Water and Wastewater Workforce: Recruiting Approached Helped Industry Hire Operators, but Additional EPA Guidance Could Help Identify Future Needs (GAO-18-102).  The study, reviewing workforce needs within the drinking water and wastewater industry, was requested by the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

As the Report’s Highlights document states, “This report describes (1) what is known about workforce needs at water utilities compared with workforce needs nationwide and effects of potential unmet workforce needs on the utilities’ compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act; (2) approaches used by selected utilities to manage their workforce needs and challenges they have faced in managing those needs; and (3) ways in which federal programs can assist water utilities with workforce needs.”

In summary, “GAO recommends that EPA add strategic workforce planning questions, such as the positions and skills needed in the future, to its inspection guidance documents. EPA generally agreed with GAO’s recommendation as it related to drinking water, but neither agreed nor disagreed regarding wastewater. GAO believes the entire recommendation should be implemented.”

A complete copy of the Report may be downloaded here.

NRWA’s New Workforce Apprenticeship Program

Last November, ASDWA attended the formal signing of an agreement between NRWA and the US Department of Labor to launch and support a workforce apprenticeship program.  That agreement reflects nearly two years of effort culminating in the National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for Water and Wastewater System Operations Specialists.

The program supports a two-year registered apprenticeship.  Participants, or apprentices, are placed at a water utility where they receive 4,000 hours of on the job training and an additional 288 hours of training and instruction by state rural water association staff.  Thus far, the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water has developed a program, submitted and received approval from the Department of Labor, and is the first state to have a Registered Apprenticeship Program using the jointly developed national standards.

For more information on this effort, please contact your state’s rural water association.  To read more about the program, please visit the NRWA website https://nrwa.org/ and click on the magazine link under the “News and Media” tab.

EFCN Hosts Workforce and Capital Planning Webinars

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are offering two webinars in June that may be just what you’re looking for…

 

Sigh up for the EFCN webinar titled Ask the Expert:  Workforce Development

DATE:              Thursday, June 8

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/311472233766650883

This no cost webinar will include a brief overview of several of the major components of workforce development including recruitment, succession planning, and evaluating performance. This webinar will allow extended additional time for questions and discussion from the audience.

 

Join EFCN a week later for another free webinar, this one to Ask the Expert:  Advice on Capital Planning for Your Water System

DATE:              Wednesday, June 14

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2332795720187920899

This online forum offers a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding water system capital planning.  If you are interested in undertaking long term planning for your system, this is your chance to ask some of the tough questions…where do I start; are capital plans and asset management plans the same thing; what types of assets belong in a capital plan; how can I tie needed capital improvements to change my rates; what resources or software will help me make a good plan???

Workforce Webinar Reminder

Don’t forget to register and join our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and AWWA as they present a comprehensive overview of the components of attracting, maintaining, and retaining a quality workforce.

Workforce Development:  An Overview of Key Components

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here to Register

Topics covered will include:  recruitment, retention, evaluating performance, succession planning, and communicating about the industry.

EFCN & AWWA Host a Workforce Webinar

Please join our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and AWWA as they present a comprehensive overview of the components of attracting, maintaining, and retaining a quality workforce.

Workforce Development:  An Overview of Key Components

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here Register

Topics covered will include:  recruitment, retention, evaluating performance, succession planning, and communicating about the industry,

Please share this information with those in your state with an interest in Workforce issues.

Retaining Your Workforce Webinar

Our EFCN colleagues are hosting a webinar to share strategies on how small systems can retain a happy workforce.

DATE:              December 8, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1046788224422506497

This webinar will provide some useful retention practices for small systems to use to maintain a strong and happy workforce.  It also will share evaluation tools that can be used to measure employee performance and support professional development.

 

Succession Planning Webinar

As part of the ongoing EFCN and AWWA collaboration to provide information for small systems, the latest addition to the series is Succession Planning.

DATE:              Thursday, September 15

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7133636214091708673

With an aging workforce and declining interest and engagement from younger professionals entering the workforce, developing a succession plan is a vital component to managing water infrastructure. This webinar will touch on the topics of recruitment, retention, and will do a detailed review of how to develop a succession plan.

EPA Hosts Operator Tools Webinar

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team is hosting a webinar to reintroduce us to several useful tools that can help small system operators better manage their workloads; help recruit new operators to the program; and help decisionmakers hire the right contract operator for their system

DATE:              August 16, 2016

TIME:               12:30-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2968&evt=OpCertTools

 

This FLYER – Lost and Forgotten Tools of the OpCert Program Webinar (002) contains more information about this event.

Keys to Recruiting Qualified Water Utility Staff

Just a reminder – AWWA and EFCN are partnering to bring you great information about how to maximize a water system’s ability to attract and retain good staff.

DATE:             July 21, 2016

TIME:              2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7465059803546637316

Attendees will learn to:

  • Recognize the barriers to attracting qualified water operators and other water industry employees
  • Identify the benefits to working in the water industry and utilize those “selling points” to attract qualified employees
  • Frame job descriptions, postings and other recruitment tools in a way that attracts job seekers, especially millennials
  • Target recruitment efforts and establish plans to find future employees.

Questions?

About the webinar…contact Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org.

About small systems training…contact Kami Johle Butt at kbutt@awwa.org