State Labor Department Supports Energy Industry Talent Pipeline with Two New Online Tools
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is helping to educate Coloradans about the need for a strong workforce to staff energy jobs and encourage them to consider careers in the energy industry as part of Careers in Energy Week, a national effort created by the Center for Energy Workforce Development. Now in its fourth year, Careers in Energy Week runs from October 12 – 16 and provides a focus on building a qualified energy industry workforce.
As part of the week’s activities, the agency announced today the introduction of two new online resources designed to increase public awareness of the many careers in the energy field. Both sites offer an elegant, consumer-centric design that showcases the importance of the energy industry to Colorado’s economy and the personal benefits associated with choosing a career in energy.
The first website, http://coworkforce-energy.jobs/ is a way to peruse current job listings posted at state and county employment offices statewide. Job seekers can simply type in a key word such as “energy” to see the diversity 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 and offers a real world, insider’s look at working in the industry. There are jobs requiring a Ph.D. and others that only need some on-the-job training.
The new sites serve as companion pieces to four additional sites. Used together, they become a kind of energy careers toolkit. The other four sites include:
LMI Gateway (www.colmigateway.com), where students and job seekers can explore careers in the energy industry and match skills with occupations.
Get Into Energy (http://www.getintoenergy.com/) was designed by the Center for Energy Workforce Development. It is another great starting point to learn about “a rewarding energy career that benefits millions of people every day.”
College in Colorado (www.collegeincolorado.org) was initiated by the Department of Higher Education and helps Coloradans break down barriers to postsecondary degrees and create a plan for success. The website offers a one-stop resource to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for college.
Connecting Colorado (www.connectingcolorado.com) is the state’s largest online job board. Established by the Department of Labor and Employment, the website connects job seekers with employers and also connects individuals to Workforce Centers where they can get the necessary education and credentials for well- paying energy jobs.
Energy has a strong need for new employees and a rewarding career in the industry can encompass a wide range of occupations. A cornerstone of the Careers in Energy Week campaign is to educate students and others about the possibilities the industry offers and to ensure that the talent pipeline for skilled energy workers remains in place.
“That’s a goal that resonates with the Department of Labor and Employment,” says Executive Director Ellen Golombek. “We’re proud and excited to participate with the Center for Energy Workforce Development in Careers in Energy Week because we help launch careers. In partnership with employers and educators, we are committed to developing the next generation of energy industry leaders in Colorado.”
For Immediate Release
Date: October 14, 2015
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070