Qualification requirements for employment in the Smart Grid sector are rigorous, with many employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees, a host of ancillary certifications and highly specialized work experience. Those meeting these stringent standards are becoming a coveted group of highly sought after hires, and the cost of recruiting them is on the rise, as evidenced by increasing salaries and a more widespread use of hiring bonuses. Understanding the inherent challenges in recruiting and retaining this elusive group, some employers are beginning to tap into the new graduate pool of Smart Grid hopefuls. However, this strategy is not without its roadblocks, as comprehensive, Smart Grid curricula that incorporates the hands-on experience needed to fully develop a candidate’s skills is far from prolific. [DOWNLOAD PART 1 HERE]

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