With skilled labor increasingly hard to find and anticipating a need for more workers in Texas and New Mexico, Xcel Energy plans to invest some $1.5 billion over the next three years to support long-term growth.
"Workforce development is a big priority for us because of the large number of employees who will be eligible to retire in the coming decade," said Wes Reeves, a spokesman with Xcel in Texas and New Mexico.
Xcel plans for in excess of 800 of its 1600+ employees in Texas and New Mexico will be eligible for retirement over the next decade.
Xcel will focus on craft worker opportunities - namely electricians and linemen - for young people where Xcel is based, and will offer a salary starting at $50,000 or more.
According to Reeves, jobs where employees are eligible to retire soon are also distributed across all of Xcel's work areas, not just in craft occupations.
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