SkillsNET® recently partnered with Texas Green Corridor Collaborative members inclusive of five Workforce Boards, six community colleges lead by Austin Community College and the Good Company Associates, to help build the training framework for a variety of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) occupations. Several New and Emerging (N&E) occupations recently added to O*NET were targeted (e.g., Energy Auditor, Solar Sales Representative and Assessors) as well as pre-existing O*NET occupations important to the emerging clean energy industries.
In today’s global economy, nations’ economic competitiveness and interdependence have never been more entwined as systemic transformations are taking place in the way we approach teaching and learning. Education and training systems must address the needs of an increasingly global workforce.
The development of trans-national education and training terminology was the focus of the U.S.–German Cooperation on Education Expert Dialogue in Washington, DC, last week. The SkillsNET organization was an active contributor to the inaugural meeting.
Implementation of a Statewide Workplace Basic Skills (WPBS) to Texas Detailed Work Activity (DWA) Aligned Construct
SkillsNET recently completed a project focusing on refining, augmenting, and contextualizing O*NET’s Detailed Work Activity (DWA) library to the needs of Texas employers. The DWA library incorporates a set of standard activities that are individually and disparately mapped to all occupations identified by O*NET’s familiar Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) structure. Although the application of this library in the workforce spanned national borders, the focal point of this effort revolved around providing a common language (DWAs) to define work, worker, and workplace requirements for employers in the state of Texas.
SkillsNET, a leader in Human Capital Management and personnel assessment tools announced today the availability of the long awaited Performance Emotional Quotient (PEQ) assessment. The PEQ is now another offering of the SaaS service SkillsNET offers its clients. The PEQ measures a unique blend of both emotional and performance-based attributes associated with successful behaviors on the job that can immediately be used in employee development. The PEQ also incorporates a “service to others” component previously unseen in workplace assessments.
SkillsNET and University of Houston Receives $2.5M Department of Energy Award to Develop Smart Grid Workforce Training Programs
The UH Energy program, through a coalition led by the University of Houston’s College of Technology, has received a $2.5 million stimulus award from the Department of Energy to develop a smart grid workforce training program to prepare the next generation of workers in the electric power industry.
The DOE award was awarded to the Smart Grid Energy Training Coalition, which includes UH, CenterPoint Energy, San Jacinto College, the Power Technology Institute, SkillsNET® and the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC). The grant will be used to assess the workforce needs and develop training programs for the replacement of employees lost through attrition, augmentation of skills for existing employees and skill development for new employees.
“This grant is a tremendous achievement for UH and the coalition, which is dedicated to developing a regional and national skill center that will be the focus of hands-on training for electric power sector employees,” said Raymond E. Cline Jr., a research professor in UH’s College of Technology and program manager for the project. “The Houston region is engaged in significant build-outs of smart meter and intelligent grid systems that require attention to workforce training issues.”
The training programs to be developed will focus on activities that support electricians, line workers, technicians, system operators, power system engineers, cyber security specialists and transmission planners. A “Power Training Campus” will be established within UH’s new Energy Research Center to support the hands-on training programs.
The Power Technology Institute is recognized within the power industry as providing some of the best and largest technology-based programs and graduates in the country. SkillsNET brings a strong set of capabilities and experience to rapidly assess industry needs and define work requirements. The Texas Business and Education Coalition was established by Texas business leaders to engage educators in a long-term effort to improve public education in Texas.
“The coalition will integrate secondary STEM/CTE courses, post secondary Skill Certificates, industry job requirements, and regional labor market demand into a seamless talent pipeline management system designed to prepare students and workers for future career opportunities,” said Michael Brown, SkillsNET founder and CEO. “The coalition is determined to design the gold standard for this important process.”
The DOE funding is part of more than $4 billion in Recovery Act funding allocated for smart grid deployment and demonstration projects nationally. The Smart Grid Energy Coalition’s grant was the largest awarded in Texas.
The Smart Grid Energy Training Coalition will execute agreements that provide credit transfer across technical, associates, and baccalaureate programs. A general articulation agreement exists between UH and San Jacinto College, and UH will extend articulation agreements to other technical and community colleges as the Coalition’s membership grows.
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SkillsNET® Government Ltd is currently involved in a work effort with the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), whose mission is to provide the safest and most efficient aerospace system in the world. In a collaborative effort, both SkillsNET and the FAA are aiming to help reduce delays and make air travel more reliable.
SkillsNET will be the sole sponsor of all Community of Interest sessions at the 2006 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) annual conference, according to Michael Brown, SkillsNET Founder and CEO. The conference is scheduled for May 5-7 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, Dallas, Texas.
The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has announced the selection of SkillsNET to update and validate the Manufacturing and Distribution Workforce Certification (MDWC) Core Level 1 series. The Texas Engineering Service is a Texas state agency dedicated to serving, training, and responding to the need of the state and SkillsNET is an international provider of work-base certifications.
SkillsNET announced today the Texas Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) unit of the Texas Workforce Commission and the SkillObject® Technology group will voluntarily collaborate to identify key skills for green collar jobs in Texas. Exploring green technologies and green collar worker skill requirements will be of significant importance as the workforce and labor market becomes more aware of green jobs and careers.
SkillsNET announces the release of version 1.2 of the SkillsNET Metrics Suite, a comprehensive set of scientifically engineered algorithms that use job data to address organizational human resource and workforce analysis issues.
According to SkillsNET CEO Michael Brown, the introduction of metrics now provides human resource departments with the most scientific and state-of-the-art method today of taking large amounts of available job data and applying mathematical formulas specifically designed to meet the informational needs of HR professionals within any workplace.