4-Wk FREE Training Program Helps Unemployed Get M-U Pipeline Jobs

If you are unemployed–particularly if you once worked in the coal industry–and you’re interested in getting your foot in the door of a rewarding job in the Marcellus/Utica industry, LISTEN UP! For those who live in southwestern PA and eastern OH, the Washington Greene County Job Training Agency and the Gas Technology Institute have teamed up to provide a FREE 4-week training program just for you (details here). Called “From Black to Blue,” the program includes classroom and hands-on training so you will understand how the natural gas industry works, with an emphasis on natgas utilities and the pipeline industry. Starting salaries for pipeline-related jobs often exceed $50,000 per year, and eventually you may make in excess of $100,000 per year. These are awesome jobs, and this is an awesome opportunity to get trained for it. The first round of classes start Nov. 30 and Jan. 8 in Freeport, PA. Training in Ohio begins Jan. 15 in St. Clairsville. Below are the details, along with an application for the program. DO NOT DELAY, fill it out today and send it in…

Training opportunity for displaced coal workers and others to fill the workforce gap and find an attractive career in the natural gas utility and pipeline industry

A new, targeted training program for displaced coal workers and others in the Appalachian region will introduce participants to natural gas utility and pipeline operations careers and enable them to become stronger candidates for jobs.

The pre-employment training program includes four weeks of blended classroom and hands-on training that provides a basic understanding and awareness of natural gas, the natural gas utility and pipeline industry, associated equipment, procedures, and operations. It will enable students to pursue local employment in the natural gas industry, where pipeline operations crews will be in great demand as the workforce experiences significant retirements while pipeline upgrade and build-out activities will continue at a high level.

Thanks to funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the cost of tuition will be covered for eligible students in southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio. Washington Greene County Job Training Agency, Inc. is the grant recipient and is the fiscal agent for the initiative.

The Natural Gas Utility and Pipeline Field Skills Training Program curriculum was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI)–a leading research, development and training organization addressing global energy challenges–with input from natural gas industry partners. Various venues in southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio will be used for this program.

Regional utilities and their contractors currently have open positions at their companies. Starting salaries can exceed $50,000 depending on skills, and the career path can lead to six-figure compensation.

The first round of classes start November 30th 2017 and January 8th at the Armstrong County Industrial Development Council in Freeport, PA and on January 15th 2018 at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, OH.

Contact Patrick Findle, GTI Program Manager at [email protected] or 412-577-8350.

Program Summary

The Natural Gas Utility & Pipeline Field Skills Training Program is 4 week of blended classroom and hands-on training that improves employability by providing a basic understanding and awareness of natural gas, the natural gas utility and pipeline industry. This program was designed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in collaboration with and delivered at training venues in southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio. Key program attributes include:

* Pre-employment training program to introduce participants to natural gas pipeline careers.

* Potential candidates include displaced coal workers (targeted group), veterans, high school graduates, and other displaced workers looking for an attractive, well-paying career.

* The program is funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), so it is tuition-free for participants.

* Starting salaries can exceed $50,000 and depending on skills and career path can lead to six-figure compensation.

* Jobs are currently available with utilities, midstream and their contractors. Industry activity replacing old lines and building out new pipelines is very robust and workforce is in demand.

* The last day of the class includes a graduation celebration and job fair with potential employers.

Download, fill out and send this application to: [email protected]

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