Jobs for Veterans
AEP actively supports, recruits and hires military veterans, and educates, trains and prepares them to transition into energy industry jobs. Many veterans bring key skillsets to the work force, such as leadership, discipline, teamwork, reliability and safety, making them attractive recruits for our company.
Supporting Our Soldiers and Community
AEP is actively involved in the Troops to Energy Jobs effort to increase the percentage of veterans in the energy industry work force. Eleven percent of AEP’s workforce are military veterans, and 11 percent of AEP's new hires are military veterans.
Military veterans tend to have the technical training, experience and personal characteristics that make them a great fit for careers in the energy industry. We hold open houses for veterans to learn about skilled craft positions within the company, and watch live demonstrations of line mechanic work. They also get a preview of the different technologies used to operate the grid. AEP encourages veterans to actively seek and apply for jobs at AEP that match their training and skill.
AEP has enhanced its military benefits. For example, in early 2016, AEP amended its bereavement policy to allow military veterans and reservists paid time off to attend funeral services for a service member with whom they have served. We understand that a fellow service member is often as close as a family member and the loss is deeply felt by our veterans. The policy change is in addition to AEP’s regular employee bereavement policy.
We are proud of our work to support military veterans. In 2016, AEP has been recognized for the 13th year as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media. In 2015, AEP was also named one of the nation's Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies by U.S. Veterans Magazine. Also, AEP is participating in the Veteran Jobs Mission, which has grown to over 200 companies. The coalition is committed to hiring veterans and has collectively hired more than 300,000 veterans since its inception in 2011.