This week, Energy Workforce & Technology Council Presidents Molly Determan and Tim Tarpley spoke to the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Oil and Gas Extraction Council during their meeting in Houston, hosted by Energy Workforce.
Determan introduced the Association and the various training, development, networking and advocacy activities offered by Energy Workforce. She highlighted the numerous industry committees, including HSE, Human Resources, I&D Engagement and Supply Chain. Additionally, she discussed the practice recommendations developed through the Well Servicing and Well Stimulation committees.
She also addressed Energy Workforce’s advocacy role at the local, state and federal level, the many networking opportunities, especially through the regional chapters, and the extensive workforce development opportunities.
“Energy Workforce is strengthening our Member Companies, and developing the energy workforce of today and tomorrow. As energy demand from our sector continues to grow, we are planning for the future to ensure our workforce is the best trained and best equipped to meet the increased pressures on the industry while maintaining focus on safety culture.”Molly Determan, President, Energy Workforce & Technology Council
Tarpley provided an industry update, including the significant role the energy services and technology sector plays in energy expansion while reducing emissions. He discussed energy security is national security and with the growing global demand for energy resources, oil field service and technology companies are leading the way to expand energy opportunities and production, while developing and implementing new, innovative, emissions reducing technologies.
He reiterated the need for an “all of the above” approach to the energy expansion, that must include oil and gas. He also discussed the growing energy workforce and the impact of the tight labor market on the energy industry.
“Energy services should be viewed as the solution provider to the world’s energy needs. We are expanding energy resources and reducing emissions at home and abroad, while providing energy access and availability to help lift communities around the world out of energy and economic poverty. To ensure we continue to provide the energy needed to meet demand, our nation’s leaders must seek expansion of all resources, including oil and gas.”Tim Tarpley, President, Energy Workforce & Technology Council
NORA, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. It consists of 10 industry sectors based on major areas of the U.S. economy, and seven health and safety cross-sectors organized according to the major health and safety issues affecting the U.S. working population. Formed in 2008, NORA for Oil and Gas Extraction Council includes industry representation from operating, drilling and servicing companies; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; trade associations; academia; and major insurance companies.
Corry Schiermeyer, Senior Director Communications, writes about governmental policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.