Our Commitment to Veterans

Our Commitment to Veterans

How we’re helping transition service members and veterans

Recruiting veterans

National Grid’s commitment to hiring veterans is more than just a smart business decision. It is also about pride and opportunity. A skilled energy workforce is critical to America’s national security and economic competitiveness. Our industry has a role to play that is bigger than just hiring – we can help pave the way for successfully transitioning veterans into civilian jobs. As companies like National Grid hire veterans, we are moving our dedicated servicemen and women from the front lines to the power lines. For more information, visit our US Careers website here.

For many, the training and experience gained while serving in the military directly correlates to positions we have in our industry. We feel a service member joining the civilian workforce can be a great fit because of the discipline and leadership abilities they gained while serving.

Partnering with the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) and other utilities across the country, National Grid helped create the Troops to Energy Jobs (T2E) initiative. We use the T2E web site (www.troopstoenergyjobs.com) as a resource for transitioning service members and veterans to help match skillsets to positions within the industry. Promoting this resource has helped National Grid increase the amount of veteran hires to more than 100 since August 2013, giving us 435 employees who have self identified themselves as veterans. These employees span the gamut of our workforce – from field operations, engineers and analysts to the executive boardroom.

Supporting veterans through employee groups

To help support veterans once they have joined National Grid, we have the Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) and the Veteran-to-Veteran buddy system. VERG’s mission is to foster an environment that provides opportunities for professional development and community building. VERG also creates a network of veterans and patriots that help the recruiting team by reviewing resumes and translating military language into words our hiring managers can better understand. And the buddy system benefits veterans’ transition into both a civilian job and the unknown of a new company.

Furthering community service

Bolstering a sense of community, our veterans along with VERG, participate in fundraisers and events across our jurisdictional communities. These events include career fairs, Habitat to Humanity house builds, veteran stand downs, welcome home events and Wounded Warrior project events. Taking part in these events keeps the focus of serving our communities alive for many veterans.

Focusing on supplier diversity 

In addition to what we do internally, National Grid also assists our veterans through our Supplier Diversity program, where we support the needs of women-, minority-, veteran-owned and small businesses through our wide range of programs and resources. The National Minority Business Council recently recognized us with their 2014 Outstanding Corporate Diversity Award. 

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Content from this campaign

How Our Veterans Energize National Grid
By Dean Seavers Two years ago I sat down for a Veterans Day breakfast with about 100 National Grid employees who had served in the US Armed Forces. I was struck by two insights that morning that spoke to the wisdom of hiring veterans. The first was that an employee from Buffalo drove halfway through the night to attend the 8AM breakfast in Boston – and was one of the first to...
Nov 9, 2018 1:35 PM ET
PHOTO: National Grid Employees ‘Stand Down’ for Veterans
National Grid employees from Massachusetts and Rhode Island participated June 17 in the annual Veterans Inc. Stand Down at the nonprofit’s headquarters at 69 Grove St. in Worcester, Mass. In addition to volunteering at the event, employees raised more than $4,000, which the company matched. In total, the company presented Veterans Inc. with an $8,000 donation. This was the fourth...
Jun 30, 2016 3:00 PM ET
National Grid Re-invests Energy for Veterans
On this stop in our Connect21 video series, tour Northport VA Medical Center with its Chief Engineer & Acting Associate Director, Ron Brattain, and National Grid New York President, Ken Daly. Since converting from oil to natural gas, the Long Island hospital has reaped $2.5 million in energy savings and realized 1.5 million gallons of oil displaced. But the biggest benefit? More...
Aug 26, 2015 3:00 PM ET
National Grid Makes Presidential Pledge to Hire Veterans
Dear Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden, On behalf of National Grid US, we are pleased to announce our participation in the Joining Forces initiative to support veterans, military families, and their communities. As part of our commitment to Joining Forces, we will make a good faith effort to hire veterans and military spouses to fill 10 percent (approximately 100 positions) of National Grid’s...
Jul 3, 2015 9:00 AM ET