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Episode #164 — 18 February 2020 Workforce Development for Water Utilities

with Khris Dodson

Khris Dodson of Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center discusses a wide range of workforce development issues for water utilities. Khris identifies the problems with utility workforce development and also delves into potential solutions. It’s a great and important episode.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • What the biggest job needs are for water utilities
  • Strategies to develop the skilled trades
  • Why our culture doesn’t value the skilled trades highly enough
  • How to align skill sets and geographical barriers with workforce needs
  • Why more attention needs to be paid to retention strategies
  • Compensation issues
  • How utility rates impact the workforce
  • Keys to succession planning for the utility workforce
  • What the anticipated impact of artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things might be

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