Author : US DOE       Published: 3/29/2024     DOE Office of Energy Justice and Equity


The Second Chance Hiring in Energy is an ongoing online series from the Office of Energy Justice and Equity at the U.S. Department of Energy. This series aims to advance the 2nd Chances Initiative from the Biden Administration as we address recidivism through opportunities in the clean energy sector for Justice-Impacted communities. Policy for this program is directed by Executive Order: 14035, “Expanding Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals.”

Meeting agendas will center around building bridges with community partners, industry employers, State and Federal agencies with a clear vision to promote good jobs for justice-involved individuals. Discussions will focus on developing solutions for both energy industry leaders interested in adopting equitable, fair chance hiring practices and applicants seeking pathways to careers in energy facing unique obstacles erected by the carceral system.

Key stakeholders from community-based organizations focused on reentry, energy employers, government agencies and policy makers from the national to local level will convene to showcase best business strategies, eliminate employment barriers, demystify the hiring process for both job seekers and employers, and debunk misconceptions surrounding careers for those impacted by the justice system.