PPL’s REACH Business Resource Group recently hosted 12 university students and five faculty to show them life at PPL beyond the poles and wires. The students, who visited PPL’s General Office on Friday, March 29, were part of a program that provides enhanced support services to students on the autism spectrum.
Highlights of the event included a panel discussion with PPL employees, a drone overview, a virtual reality substation demonstration and a tour of the company’s distribution and transmission control centers.
“All the PPL employees we interacted with were filled with such enthusiasm for the company that it was contagious,” said one of the faculty members. “A bus that was quiet on the way to PPL was buzzing with energy on the way back to the university,” said Brian Case, manager of corporate talent management.
Case said that PPL prepared for the event by consulting with representatives of VIA of the Lehigh Valley, including their clinical director for autism. VIA of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit agency that provides services for children and adults with disabilities to help them reach their full potential. “We wanted to make sure we were well prepared and making the event beneficial for the students,” he said.
Dave Mino, senior engineer and REACH president, said it’s important to empower candidates with a diverse background, including those with disabilities.
“It’s vitally important to recruit people from all walks of life, including those with disabilities. A diverse workforce leads to a diverse collection of ideas and experiences, which not only improves business outcomes, but benefits the entire community.”
PPL is using the event as a model for future engagements to help recruit people who identify as having a disability.
The REACH Business Group is focused on identifying the needs of and providing resources to improve the effectiveness and well-being of differently-abled employees, their friends, families and the communities PPL serves. For more information about PPL’s inclusion and diversity efforts, visit: https://www.pplweb.com/careers/inclusion-and-diversity/.