A pipeline of skilled workers is one of the fastest growing and most critical needs in the energy industry. It is also a challenge among small, rural communities with limited population. The West Texas Energy Consortium is dedicated to creating a network of partners across our region to address this challenge and cultivate opportunity. By fostering collaboration and regional alignment, communities, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education are better equipped to support the education and workforce development necessary to sustain a pipeline of skilled workers for the high demand occupations associated with energy growth.
WTxEC has partnered with K-12 school districts, community colleges, technical schools, and universities to create a regional approach to the industry training needs around West Texas. The first major undertaking of this partnership was to create a regionally aligned, fully transferable Level I welding certificate among participating institutions. To learn more about this unique effort, and the accompanying resources, visit the Consortium's Welding Center of Excellence. Our Training Partners page takes an even more comprehensive look at programs and training available to current and prospective students.
Many services for training and recruitment are available for employers around the 49 county WTxEC region or anywhere in the state of Texas; assistance can be found through the local workforce solutions offices. To find a workforce solutions office nearest you and the services they offer, visit here.
General information on occupations, skills, and wages in the energy sector is available through the Department of Labor at ONET OnLine. To view profiles for just a few of the jobs available in the oil and gas industry, click here. Or visit this Oil & Gas Workforce portal created by the American Petroleum Institute to identify tools and resources for locating opportunities in the energy industry. You can also head over to the Career Assessment Tools page to explore if a career in energy might be right for you, then sign up for Work in Texas to join the largest free job matching network in Texas!