Be a Part of Something Big!

We hope you’ve all blocked September 28-30 on your calendars - that’s when we’ll be in Louisville, Ky., for this year’s only iP Utility Safety Conference & Expo. Once again we’ll co-locate with ICUEE, the Demo Expo. If you’ve never attended this huge event, you’ll want to check it out. In addition to gaining access to more than 35 utility safety learning and networking opportunities offered by iP, you’ll have the chance to visit over 850 vendors of utility-specific equipment, safety devices and more. Have aerial or digging questions? ICUEE is the place to talk to the experts and find solutions. This is one big event you won’t want to miss. Visit utilitysafetyconference.com for more information and to register. 

Today’s Training Landscape

The continuing education industry is evolving, offering adult learners greater flexibility and a variety of delivery methods to suit almost every need.

Training is the focus of this latest issue of Incident Prevention, and these are pretty exciting times when it comes to educating adult learners. I often sit at the back of the room during Incident Prevention Institute (www.ip-institute.com) classes, amazed at just how far the education process has come. Today’s effective instructors exude confidence, have a solid understanding of their audience and spend untold hours developing their courses. The increasing use of humor and gaming techniques are just two ways today’s educators are deviating from conventional training practices. The growth of group work in the classroom also enhances the student experience, allowing individuals to exchange ideas and share experiences.

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Another Year of Changes

iP is here to help as the utility industry workforce evolves and regulatory changes continue to be implemented.

It is the last week of January as I write this opening commentary for our first issue of the year. Here in the Chicago suburbs, our lights are on, we have heat and so far no polar vortex is upon us. It has just been announced that an impending blizzard could bring an epic snowfall tomorrow night. Airports across the country are canceling eastbound flights and schools are announcing closures. I’m confident that utilities on the East Coast have begun their preparedness drills for the hazardous challenges the storm is about to bring. By the time this issue hits your desktop, the storm will have passed and we hope every single person affected by the event makes it home safely.

An Industry Guru

2014 was a year of changes for the industry, and 2015 promises to bring more. In addition to volatile weather patterns that will continue to pose challenges, the workforce and workplace are evolving as utility industry personnel retire in record numbers and revised regulatory rules are implemented.

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