Matching Education Programs to Jobs

Jan 3, 2013 Education

One key finding from the Energy Occupational Analysis conducted on behalf of the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Conference last summer is that among the 14 Target Jobs − critical, difficult-to-fill jobs − Industrial Maintenance Technicians are in the highest demand.

To address the high demand for energy-related jobs, the Allegheny Conference Workplace Program is launching an initiative to develop industry-led, standardized curriculum and certification for use by career and technical schools and community colleges. In December, the Conference hosted a meeting with energy company HR executives and Scott Sheely, who heads the Lancaster Workforce Investment Board. Sheely shared his strategy for building a very effective collaborative in eastern Pennsylvania working closely with the Manufacturing Institute (part of the National Association of Manufacturers) and Pennsylvania’s Industrial Maintenance Training Center.

In a related effort to match education programs to jobs, the Allegheny Conference, in partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology, orchestrated a $15million U.S. Department of Labor follow-on grant for ShaleNET. The grant will broaden the ShaleNET network and develop and implement standardized stackable certificate and associate degree programs to serve the highest demand occupational categories of the oil and natural gas industry and its associated supply chain industries.