Pillar 3 - Quality Workforce

PGE wouldn’t be a leading company in Oregon without our dedicated team

2016 Report

Pillar 3 - Quality Workforce
Anne Mersereau

“PGE wouldn’t be a leading company in Oregon without our dedicated team. That’s why we’re committed to attracting and retaining a diverse group of talented people – and that means taking care of and helping our employees grow.”

Anne Mersereau, Vice President of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

Story 1

Investing in career connected learning

As Oregon grows, we need a well-educated and skilled workforce ready to fill jobs at PGE and throughout our economy.

Currently, we’re experiencing a shortage of qualified workers with experience in technical and trade skills and the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). That’s why the PGE Foundation granted more than $150,000 in 2016 to Career Technical and STEM programs that help students create pathways to career and college.

Through the Oregon Connections program, our employees volunteer their time to speak and lead exercises in local classrooms. Our goal is to provide hands-on, experiential learning to help students connect to the world of work and inspire their interest in a future energy career.

Since we launched the program in 2016, 56 PGE employees have provided learning experiences in local schools.

Story 2

SHARP certification showcases a commitment to safety

In 2016 PGE received a prestigious safety award, which has only been given to one other wind farm in the U.S.

Our Biglow Canyon Wind Farm received the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certificate – an achievement that shows our dedication to keeping our employees injury-free. 

To earn the certification, Biglow employees committed to incorporating comprehensive safety programs, policies and procedures into their daily work.

But their safety journey has only just begun. To maintain the certification and help us reach our goal of zero injuries, Biglow team members will continue to meet SHARP’s progressive milestones, showcasing their commitment to safety, year-after-year.

As Biglow Manager Scott Elliot says, “We’re spread out over 27,000 acres, so getting everyone to continue looking out for one another is key to our success.”

What's next

Giving parents time to bond

Having or adopting a child is one of the most important events of a parent’s life. To help make sure our employees get to enjoy plenty of time to bond with their child, we’re updating our parental leave policy allowing more company and personal time-off for parents.

Increasing value to our employees

As part of our work to attract and retain the best and brightest employees, next year, we’ll unveil an enhanced employee experience strategy.

Our goal with this work is to showcase the mutually beneficial relationship we have with our employees: We energize your future, you power our success.

For more information, check out the Quality Workforce section of our Key Metrics Summary.