How Houston is Meeting Workforce Demand
Houston’s petrochemical sector has an increased demand for qualified and skilled workers due to capital expansions and a retiring Boomer generation. Additionally, the region’s construction sector, like many industry sectors in America, has a fluctuating demand for skilled craft professionals depending on market and demographic forces. This high variability makes it difficult for the industry as a whole to train and hire enough competent workers.
The petrochemical sector frequently works in tandem with the construction sector, meaning delays and shortages of talent in one industry will affect them both. All of the different training programs in these sectors can make it confusing for employers to understand what their graduates actually know. What the greater Houston area needed was insight into the analytics of demand and training in both industries so they can maximize efficiencies when finding talent.
The Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) is focusing on analyzing demand in the region for the construction industry to better understand the ebbs and flows and help businesses plan for their needs. In the petrochemical industry, GHP is mapping where employers are sourcing talent using the “talent flow analysis” Talent Pipeline Management concept and then working to build a common language of competencies and credentials to create and share best practices for the top three jobs in the industry.
By doing this, GHP is not only be able to know which training programs are most successful in producing high-quality employees, but be able to tell those organizations what skills and competencies the region’s top petrochemical jobs will require.
Texas is home to thriving industries, and GHP is helping to ensure that Texas’ current generation provides an opportunity for the next generation to prosper and grow.