UPSKILL HOUSTON PARTNERS
Strengthening Houston’s Workforce
Houston’s business community, educational institutions and philanthropic entities have come together in a way they have never before, to together ensure that we are making Houston greater. Using a sector-based and a collective impact approach, UpSkill Houston focuses on seven of the region’s priority industry sectors that serve as the foundation to our economy:
Petrochemical Manufacturing | Industrial and Commercial Construction | Healthcare
Port, Maritime, Logistics | Utilities | Advanced Manufacturing | Oil & Gas—Upstream and Midstream.
The industry sectors provide a strategic focus for the stakeholders to come together and align their work around a common agenda of building the talent pipeline they need to ensure future success. The initiative has three key objectives to address Houston’s skills gap:
ATTRACT individuals to skilled jobs and professions in the region
TRAIN individuals on basic employability and technical skills necessary for success
PLACE and retain individuals in these critical skills jobs and professions
UpSkill Houston is currently supporting and facilitating business led collaborations to collectively address the skills gap. This collaborative effort is being led in partnership with business leaders all across the seven sectors that drive Houston’s economy. No one company can solve this challenge alone.
Businesses are partnering with community-based organizations and educational institutions to strengthen the training for and quality of our workers and raise awareness of possible career pathways.
Educational partners are working closely with industry to provide capacity data and develop more comprehensive curricula in an effort to accelerate the movement of students into key skilled professions.
UpSkill Houston is partnering with public sector institutions to gather regional workforce data and skills training.
UpSkill Houston Partners
ExxonMobil , the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. They hold an industry-leading inventory of resources and are one of the world’s largest integrated refiners, marketers of petroleum products and chemical manufacturers.
With a total investment of $1.5 million, ExxonMobil and nine Texas Gulf Coast Community Colleges launched EnergizeHouston to attract, train and place workers in jobs within the petrochemical industry. Under the program, hundreds of new workers are in training for highly-skilled trade and craft careers. EnergizeHouston became the first pillar in the comprehensive regional workforce initiative by adding an already strong and functioning job and training platform to UpSkill Houston.
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO is a leading global financial services firm and one of the largest banking institutions in the United States, with operations worldwide.
As part of their five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, they released the Houston Skills Gap Report—providing a comprehensive look at available middle-skill jobs in the petrochemical and industrial/commercial construction industries. It offers data-driven steps that city policy makers, community colleges, training providers and private sector employers can take to fill these critical, good-paying jobs. This report became essential for the success of UpSkill Houston and has helped drive the coordination and alignment that are necessary to achieve the impact and performance our regional economy requires to continue its growth.
Lee College is a comprehensive community college that serves as a focal point for the development of educated, gainfully employed, and socially aware residents of our local community.
Through UpSkill Houston, the nine Texas Gulf Coast Community College have partnered together with industry leaders to provide workforce development assistance as well as customized, and fast-track training to effectively put students to work in critical jobs within the seven sectors that drive Houston’s economy.
Workforce Solutions , the public workforce system in the 13-county Houston- Galveston region, helps employers meet human resource needs and area residents build careers — so both can better compete in the global economy. They partner with businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations, and community leaders to find solutions to labor needs of industries vital to the region and its economy.
Workforce Solutions provides UpSkill Houston with current information on labor market data that focuses on high-skill, high-growth jobs that provide growth opportunities, good wages, and more successful careers. They also offer placement, career counseling and financial aid services through the operation of multiple community-based career offices to help residents find employment or advance their careers.