TWC awards self-sufficiency funding for petrochemical training
AUSTIN, TX (TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION) — A four-member Houston-area community college consortium has partnered with Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast and the Texas Workforce Commission to provide job training in support of petrochemical employers.
The community college partners include Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, Lone Star College and San Jacinto College. The project will support infrastructure development for the oil and gas industry by preparing and training individuals who are eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits (including non-custodial parents). Trainees will gain skills needed for growth occupations that are in demand for support of oil and gas industry infrastructure, with an emphasis on industrial construction needs as identified by the local workforce development board. Eligible participants will be referred to the colleges by Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast.
The grant will be used to custom train 313 skilled craft workers for the petrochemical industry. Through the training, workers will gain marketable skills in pipefitting, welding, electric, construction, maintenance and more.
From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2013, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 300,456 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 3,971 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature nearly 48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2014-15 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at http://skills.texasworkforce.org