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    PIPELINE TO JOBS: Work Readiness Training for Coal-Impacted Communities in Appalachia

    10/24/2018
    The Natural Gas Utility & Pipeline Field Skills Training Program is four weeks of pre-employment blended classroom and hands-on training that improves participant employability by providing basic understanding and awareness of natural gas, the natural gas utility and pipeline industry.  Delivered in southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio, this program was designed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in collaboration with industry (gas utility and contractor companies), WIBS, workforce and economic development offices, UMWA, community colleges and other venues.  Critical to program success is gas industry involvement through development of targeted curriculum content, hosting valuable field days and participating in the graduation day job fair to begin dialogue with prospective employees.  Employers are recognizing this program for the strong candidates it is developing and students value this “pipeline” to jobs.

    Program Attributes:
    • Results:  This program is demonstrating its success through jobs.  A student from our first class landed a job with a local gas utility one week after graduation!  This current program has resulted in over 40 interviews and 26 job offers.  These numbers will continue to grow.  A total of 100 students will be trained this year under this program.
    • Jobs:  Many jobs are currently available with gas utilities, pipelines, midstream and their contractors.  Industry activity replacing old lines and building out new pipelines is very robust and capable workforce will continue to be in demand due to level of work activity and demographics (older, retiring workforce).  A clear path to employment in the natural gas pipeline industry is an integral part of this program.
    • Instant Job Fair:  The last day of the class includes a graduation celebration and “Instant Job Fair” with potential employers.  This feature has been recognized as very valuable by both graduates and companies to initiate discussions that can lead to employment. 
    • Students: Recruiting targets include displaced coal workers, coal-impacted communities, veterans, high school graduates, minorities and other displaced and impacted workers in Appalachia looking for an attractive career.
    • Rewarding Career:  This program is a channel to an attractive career that features good benefits and continuous skills training.  Starting salaries can exceed $40,000 – $50,000 and, depending on skills possessed and obtained, advancement can lead to six-figure compensation.

    Upcoming Classes
    The next round of classes are scheduled in November at the following locations.  If you would like to participate, please apply online at: http://www.gastechnology.org/from-black-to-blue
    • November 12- December 14, 2018: Armstrong County Industrial Development Council (ACIDC) in Armstrong County.



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