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MEA Energy Association has certified Northeast Gas Association to train utility workers.

Northeast Gas Association will facilitate the field leader training programme for MEA Energy Association in nine states.

Shift supervisors, crew leaders and foremen will be trained in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Trainees will be equiped with skills to effectively direct field crews and work with crews on how to communicate with management.

The aim is to help workers optimise planning of work, lead teams and improve the safety of field crews.

The modules include ones on strong teams, effective leadership, crew motivation, resolving conflicts, work planning, work quality and management.

The programme will address the challenges due to limited authority and age differences of field workers and crews.

The programme will not cover the technical aspects of field work and traditional supervisory crews.

“A significant number of retirements continue to impact the knowledge and skill of our field leaders. It is more important than ever for natural gas and electric distribution utilities to recognise and identify leadership potential as early as possible,” says MEA President Patrick Van Beek. “The alliance between MEA and NGA allows more field personnel to operate safely and efficiently, which ultimately helps the industry as a whole.

MEA has offered Field Leader Training since 2010 AND serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. We were founded as a trade association over 110 years ago by distribution utilities whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency".