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Avangrid and Subsidiary UI Partner with UWUA Local 470-1 to Launch Industry-Leading Lineworker Internship Program

Avangrid and Subsidiary UI Partner with UWUA Local 470-1 to Launch Industry-Leading Lineworker Internship Program

10-week Union Scholars Program provides real-world electric utility training to 9 high school students

ORANGE, Conn. — June 26, 2023 — This week, United Illuminating, a subsidiary of Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), together with the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 470-1, announced the launch of the Union Scholars Program, a 10-week internship for nine rising high school seniors to receive training in electric utility lineworking. The Union Scholars Program is the first of its kind across Avangrid companies, and it leads the electric utility industry in providing offers of employment to the students, contingent on their successful completion of the program, high school graduation, and being 18 years of age or older. 

“I am pleased to welcome nine talented students to Avangrid for the summer to take part in our company’s first-ever Union Scholars Program,” said Pedro Azagra, CEO of Avangrid, Inc. “With the challenges our industry faces, from making our systems increasingly sustainable while ensuring top-notch reliability, it is critical that Connecticut’s best and brightest join our team, and that is exactly what these Union Scholars represent. I am proud they have chosen to work with us this summer, and the door is open to them for future opportunities within our company.” 

Following a rigorous recruitment and interview process, UI’s Senior Manager of Regional Operations Christine Pariseau, Avangrid’s Human Resources team, and UWUA Local 470-1 President Moses Rams selected nine students from technical high schools in the UI service territory to participate in the paid internship and training program. Five of the Union Scholars will graduate next year from Eli Whitney Technical High School in Hamden, and four will graduate from Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport. Throughout the summer, they will receive training with the Overhead Line School and Underground Line School apprentices, and their supervisors at UI aim to connect them with linecrews doing operations and maintenance work in their own communities. 

“The Union Scholars Program is a testament to UI’s commitment to investing in the future of our workforce,” said Frank Reynolds, President & CEO of United Illuminating. “By recruiting students from technical high schools in two of our state’s largest cities, UI is showcasing the depth of our commitment to building a workforce that is diverse, inclusive, and honed right here in Connecticut. With this innovative internship program, we are truly leading the electric utility industry, and I look forward to watching the Union Scholars succeed this summer and into the future.”

“I am grateful to Avangrid’s Human Resources department, the UWUA Local 470-1, and Avangrid’s leadership team for bringing the Union Scholars Program to fruition this week,” said Kyra Patterson, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Avangrid, Inc. “To create a talent pipeline from Bridgeport and New Haven technical schools to good-paying union jobs demonstrates Avangrid’s investment in the communities we serve, and the enthusiasm this program generated at the schools we recruited from demonstrates the value this partnership will bring to our region.”

“The Union Scholars Program has been a dream of ours for many years, and thanks to the collective efforts of Avangrid’s Human Resources team and UWUA Local 470-1, it has now become a reality,” said Moses Rams, Chief Line Crew Leader at UI and President of UWUA Local 470-1. “Alongside Christine and our linecrew members, I look forward to showing the talented Union Scholars the important work linecrews do every day, while providing them with a safe, successful summer internship experience.”

About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit


About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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