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Project Title:

Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries
PIN: BESR-U-08-07-A        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Board on Earth Sciences & Resources
Board on Higher Education & Workforce

RSO: Butner, Cy

Subject/Focus Area:

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study of the availability of skilled workers to meet the energy and mineral security requirements of the United States.

This study will include an analysis of:
(1) The need for and availability of workers for the oil, natural gas, coal, geologic carbon sequestration, nuclear, geothermal, solar, wind, and non-fuel minerals industries;
(2) The availability of skilled labor at both entry level and more senior levels; and
(3) Recommendations for actions needed to meet future labor requirements.

Specifically, this study will, to the extent possible given available data:
(1) Provide historic and current trends in the size, growth, and demographics of the workforce in these industries, disaggregating for each industry and sector (business, government, and academia) and identifying the main worker groups by sector and occupation.
(2) Examine key labor market characteristics of the workforce in each industry, including sectoral workplace practices and any labor market impediments, constraints, and failures.
(3) Discuss future demand for and supply of workers in these industries, sectors, and occupations.
(4) Describe current and projected education and training programs for these groups at community and technical colleges and universities or through other on-the-job or job-specific training and re-training initiatives.
(5) Discuss the potential for skilled foreign labor meeting projected sectoral labor requirements.
(6) Assess potential job health and safety impacts and national security of a long-term (more than three years) workforce shortage or surplus.
(7) Describe and evaluate data sources available, federal data collection and coordination, and possible research initiatives for future decision making on workforce issues.

The project is sponsored by the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory.
The approximate start date for the project is 9/22/10.
A report is expected to be issued at the end of the project in approximately 20 months.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 03/28/2011
 Meeting 2 - 06/01/2011
 Meeting 3 - 08/22/2011
 Meeting 4 - 11/09/2011
 Meeting 5 - 12/13/2011
 Meeting 6 - 01/17/2012


Reports having no URL can be seen
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Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action (2013)