Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 13-Oct. 19 to be “Careers in Energy Week.” Kansas offers many programs and resources to help individuals embark upon rewarding and diverse careers in the energy industry. During “Careers in Energy Week,” Kansans interested in professions in the energy industry are encouraged to learn more about job opportunities and training available in the state.
“Demand for workers in the energy industry is expected to grow significantly during the next several years,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “It is important that we ensure the Kansas workforce has the training and expertise to meet increased demand and keep our economy growing. That will result in good jobs and careers for many more Kansans.”
On average, energy industry demand for skilled employees is anticipated to rise 16 percent in Kansas by 2022 from 2012 levels. This includes projected need for more than 2,500 additional line workers, plant and field operators, technicians and engineers in the natural gas and electric energy industry. Coupled with losses due to projected incumbent worker attrition and retirements, the increased demand will present significant opportunities for the next generation of skilled energy workers in the state.
The Kansas Energy Workforce Consortium (KEWC) fosters capable and diverse energy workforce pipelines that meet current and future industry demand through unified and results-driven efforts to prepare and match qualified individuals with careers in energy. The KEWC is a partnership between Commerce, the Electric and Gas Energy Providers, the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Department of Education and the KANSASWORKS workforce system.
Kansas also offers additional programs to support those interested in careers in the energy industry. Through the Governor’s Career and Technical Education Initiative, Kansas high school students can take postsecondary technical education classes at no cost, earning credentials to help them take advantage of career opportunities with energy companies.
To find training and job opportunities in the energy industry, and to learn more about the types of careers available, please visit KANSASWORKS.com or the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s website at CEWD.org.