State Labor Department Supports Careers In Energy Week With Online Tools
Annual event strengthens the talent pipeline for a qualified energy industry workforce
To ensure that the Energy Industry’s current and future needs for new employees can be met, Governor Hickenlooper has issued a proclamation declaring October 17 – 21 as Careers In Energy Week.
A cornerstone of the annual campaign is to inform Coloradans about the many opportunities the industry offers. During the third week in October, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will put a focus on the importance of a strong energy workforce and encourage job seekers to consider careers in the energy industry.
“We’re proud and excited to participate in this effort because a fundamental part of our mission is to help launch careers,” says Ellen Golombek, Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment. “We are committed to developing the next generation of energy industry leaders in Colorado.”
To that end, the agency announced today that it will be promoting careers in energy in several ways during the week. Postings related to energy careers will be found throughout the week at the Department of Labor and Employment’s Facebook page (facebook.com/ColoradoLabor) and on Twitter (twitter.com/ColoradoLabor).
During Careers In Energy Week, the State Labor Department will hold a virtual job fair for the industry on its website, Connecting Colorado (www.connectingcolorado.com). The recruiting event will bring job seekers and employers together in an interactive online platform where job seekers can submit résumés or talk with representatives from the six participating employers using an online chat technology.
And two websites are now available to increase public awareness of the many opportunities in the Energy industry. The first one, http://coworkforce-energy.jobs/is a place to peruse current job listings posted at employment and training offices statewide. Job seekers can simply type in a key word such as “energy” to see the variety of occupations open for hire in fossil, nuclear, efficiency and renewable energy.
The second website, colorado.gov/cdle/energy-careers provides a platform to learn about the variety of energy occupations. Here, people with an interest in specific occupations can watch videos that provide a real-world, insider’s look at working in the occupation.
Both of these “micro-sites” from the Department of Labor and Employment offer an elegant, consumer-centric design that showcase the importance of the energy industry to Colorado’s economy and the personal benefits associated with choosing a career in Energy. Used together, the websites can be a kind of energy careers toolkit.
Careers in energy are plentiful. With the right education and training, skilled workers can begin a well-paying career that benefits millions of people every day.
Careers in energy are also diverse. Some require a Ph.D. degree while others need only some on-the-job training. Employers are looking to fill traditional jobs such as line workers, customer service operators and natural gas service technicians but there is also a growing need for workers in renewable and clean energy. There is an increasing demand for geophysicists, chemical engineers and seismic and geophysical data technicians. The energy industry offers an unequalled variety of career paths.
Every day, an estimated 50,000 professionals who work in the Energy Industry in Colorado make a vital contribution to the economic prosperity of the state and enrich the lives of all Coloradans. Energy-related businesses have an ongoing need for new workers to provide a bridge into the future. Careers In Energy Week is dedicated to ensuring that the talent pipeline for skilled energy workers remains in place.
About Careers In Energy Week
Careers in Energy Week is a national effort created by the Center for Energy Workforce Development. Now in its fifth year, the national effort is overseen in Colorado by a consortium comprised of representatives from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., Colorado Springs Utilities, Black Hills Energy Corporation, and Xcel Energy.
These businesses and organizations strive to promote a unified and results-oriented effort to better ensure Coloradans can find gratifying and profitable careers in energy so that our state can continue to grow and flourish.
Governor Hickenlooper’s Proclamation: Careers In Energy Week
For immediate release
Date: October 13, 2016
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003