The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Energy Workforce Consortium (KEWC) are teaming up to promote Careers in Energy Week, which highlights the availability in Kansas of high demand jobs in traditional energy fields and the career pathways to enter these occupations. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation marking Oct. 15-21 as Careers in Energy Week.
“The energy industry provides thousands of jobs across a variety of occupations,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “There will be significant demand for individuals that have the right skills and training. Careers in Energy Week highlights our efforts to recruit and develop a skilled workforce to fill these jobs now and in the future.”
According to the KEWC, the number of the individuals eligible to retire in the next five years is estimated at more than 1,000 employees, which will create significant employment opportunities for those with the right technical and engineering training. That demand does not include expected growth in the traditional energy field.
High demand occupations include lineworkers, natural gas technicians, nuclear power plant technicians and operators, traditional power plant technicians and operators, and transmission and distribution technicians. Salaries with a high school diploma and right skills credentials can start in the high twenties to low thirties, but with additional apprenticeships, post-secondary training and on-the-job training, annual pay can reach the high eighties.
The Brownback Administration recently unveiled a new marketing campaign to raise awareness and recruit high school students into high-demand occupations available to graduates of career technical education programs. The campaign also promotes the state’s new Career Technical Education (CTE) initiative, which allows free tuition to high school juniors and seniors taking CTE courses offered at Kansas technical and community colleges.
The KEWC seeks to ensure that Kansas has a qualified energy workforce supply pipeline in place to meet current and projected industry demand,” said Rick Aguilar, director of job training and safety, Kansas Municipal Utilities. “Careers in Energy Week presents an excellent opportunity to highlight outstanding career paths in demand occupations such as lineworkers, plant operators, technicians and engineers.”
To learn more about training opportunities for careers in the energy industry, go to www.getintoenergy.com.
About the Kansas Energy Workforce Consortium
The KEWC is an inclusive group of energy providers, education and government stakeholders whose purpose is to identify current and future energy industry workforce needs and establish strategies to sustain a qualified energy workforce throughout Kansas. KEWC helps develop strategic energy workforce solutions that influence and sustain the effectiveness of state education, industry demand and workforce initiatives that are focused on the Kansas energy sector.