ExxonMobil funds $500,000 to Houston workforce training programme

07 June 2013 17:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil is committing $500,000 (€380,000) to a chemical manufacturing workforce training programme that will benefit 50,000 Texas community college students and educators over the next five years, the US-based energy giant said on Friday.

Though the Lee College ExxonMobil Process Technology Program, Lee College will work with several Houston-area community colleges to train students seeking certification or completion of degree programmes for skills needed by the chemical industry, including instrumentation, electrical, machinist and millwright, welding, as well as pipefitting.

ExxonMobil said there are also future plans to include area high schools and nationally recognised certification programmes.

“The chemical industry supports 73,000 high-paying Texas manufacturing jobs and will add more under announced expansion plans by industry, including ExxonMobil,” said Steve Pryor, president, ExxonMobil Chemical.

“Our industry has made Texas the top chemical producing state in the nation, driven in large part by abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas for energy and feedstock,” he added. “We contribute to a strong economy for Houston and the state.”

ExxonMobil announced in June 2012 that it was planning a petrochemical expansion, including the addition of a 1.5m tonne/year steam cracker, at its facility in Baytown.

The project is awaiting critical environmental permits required before construction, as several environmental groups have raised concerns.

“If developed, the project is estimated to create about 10,000 construction jobs and 350 permanent jobs would be added to the company’s workforce of more than 6,000 in the Baytown area,” ExxonMobil said. ”The estimated multiplier effect would create another 3,800 jobs in the local community.”

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