Creating a Level Playing Field for All
Posted by Cordell Samuels, WEF President
March 15, 2013
Reprinted from February 2013 WEF Highlights
Lately, there have been many discussions about developing the utility of the future and recovering energy and chemicals from water resource recovery facilities. But less is being said about the operators and the engineers who will be needed to design, manage, maintain, and operate these facilities.
Our sector is experiencing a massive changeover in personnel as the workforce ages. And with so many existing employees retiring, a crisis in the near future is possible. New employees in the industry face less transfer of knowledge from those they replace, as well as more and different required skill sets to operate the facilities handed over to them.
In many communities, people entering the workforce often find it difficult to attend conferences and seminars to build their skills. Some managers and senior employees feel these educational opportunities are "privileges" that have to be earned over time. This attitude has to change, and we must start new practices now.