Energy Workforce CEO Leslie Shockley Beyer participated on a panel entitled Technology is not the issue: How do we fast-track innovative solutions and keep the skillsets of the workforce up to date? at the Siemens Energy “Energy Talks Houston” event.
The panel first discussed how innovation and technology will play a big part in achieving decarbonization targets and what actions are needed to ensure the industry has the talent and workforce to be successful. Panelists discussed the need to teach skills across all energy systems and to not put people into silos as skillsets are often transferable to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry as well as renewables. They also discussed the core skills the new energy ecosystem will require, including more technology and computer based skills.
Additionally, they discussed recruiting a new generation of energy workers and if they would encourage young people today to enter the industry. To this question, Beyer said, “Absolutely! The energy industry is thriving and there will be career opportunities for decades to come. The sector is becoming more and more technologically driving, and it offers good, rewarding jobs that have a positive impact on our daily lives.”
The panel was moderated by Greg Douquet, Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Red Duke Strategies, LLC and included insights from David Doctor, Operating Partner with Sia Partners; Edward D Herderick, Director, Additive Manufacturing at The Ohio State University; Andrew Walker, Senior Vice President – Power Operations for Pattern Energy; and Sergio Vera, Assistant Project Director – Transmission Career Acceleration Program at Siemens Energy.
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