Workforce Development

Phillips 66 connects with veterans to bridge skilled labor shortage gap

Mar 24, 2015

The Houston-based energy manufacturing and logistics company is targeting veteran job seekers both directly and through the American Jobs for America’s Heroes initiative.

Companies leverage new methods to hire and retain Millennials

Mar 24, 2015

Companies in the petrochemical industry are leveraging new methods to hire and retain Millennials – from updating social networking presence to providing beneficial training, and even through team scholarship competitions.

Five steps to designing an effective veteran worker program

Mar 23, 2015

The current crop of companies that give hiring preference to military service members includes Bechtel, Crossland Construction, Fluor, ISC, Jacobs, KBR, L.P.R. Construction Co, Marek Brothers, Overland Contracting, Performance Contractors, Inc, S&B, Sundt...

Military veterans, a potential big source of skilled craft labor

Mar 23, 2015

Some 200,000 active military service members are estimated to leave duty every year, or roughly 1 million over the next five years, providing a potentially big source of skilled craft labor for the petrochemical industry.

Training is a key component of a petrochemical megaproject’s staffing model

Mar 6, 2015

The three mega petrochemical projects in Southwest Louisiana are dealing with the challenge of getting 70-80% of the workforce needs to be journey-level, as this is the recommended ratio for a petrochemical construction project to operate optimally.

Training staff for petrochemical projects amid labor shortage

Feb 26, 2015

The unconventional oil and gas boom has shaken up energy markets in the Americas. Despite layoffs at a few Majors announced recently and the oil crisis, the labor shortage for skilled workers remains. EPCs and operators must come up with a training strategy...

Plant modularization used to keep projects on schedule

Feb 24, 2015

A solution to the current skilled labor shortage in North American petrochemical construction projects could be a focus on plant modularization, according to industry executives.

Could falling oil prices stabilize skilled craft labor costs in the US?

Feb 10, 2015

The U.S. petrochemical industry is facing a serious shortage of skilled craft workers. The problem is further exacerbated by the cost of labor, which has been rising in the recent past. However, falling oil prices may be good news for companies, as they may...

Strategies for mapping out a career path in construction

Feb 6, 2015

Construction companies are finding it ever harder to compete for skilled craft workers based on salaries alone. Providing long-time career mobility could help them attract and retain the best talent.

Training innovations could bring relief for looming petrochemical workforce gap

Feb 6, 2015

More effective external training programs and in-house knowledge transfer initiatives could help companies cut costs, boost productivity and build long-term skill pipelines.