How Michigan is Filling Energy Sector Jobs

May 5, 2016

Like many modern businesses, the rapidly growing energy sector in Michigan requires an evolving list of skills and abilities from its employees. However, there is growing concern about filling vacant jobs in Michigan due to a talent shortage and a 40% turnover rate expected over the next few years. To succeed, Michigan needs an agile career and technical education system to develop responsive curricula and train students to meet energy employers’ needs.

Building this system is no easy task, requiring a deep dive into demand planning and competency and credentialing tools in order to equip training providers with critical information and better align career and technical education curricula with current market needs.

The Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC) approached this problem by partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and following its Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) framework for change. TPM has prompted them to take a broader approach, and has facilitated an integrated effort of partners and stakeholders by giving leaders a supply chain process structure they can easily understand.

As part of the USCCF Learning Network, MEWDC is researching the current needs of the energy sector through demand planning and evaluating which competencies and credential requirements are most needed and in common for critical positions within the sector. Based on this research, MEWDC is compiling a list of recommendations and standard credentials in the energy sector.

This strategy is also being shared with other Michigan energy companies and at MEWDC’s statewide Industry and Education Partnership Summit. Through this, MEWDC plans to create a scalable system that can be replicated across the sector in other positions and companies.