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The Buzz is a monthly newsletter from Workforce Solutions - Employer Service Division and is issued to provide local labor market information that is timely and meaningful to our partners in the Gulf Coast Region.The Buzz is a monthly newsletter from Workforce Solutions - Employer Service Division and is issued to provide local labor market information that is timely and meaningful to our partners in the Gulf Coast Region.

July 2017

New Skill Training
This Month's Focus:
Work-Based Learning
What's Inside
In the Spotlight 
In the Spotlight
Oil & Gas Initiative: The Gulf Coast Oil & Gas Initiative is a program that matches employers with highly skilled individuals affected by the workforce reduction efforts in the oil and gas industry. Working with a job candidate who has been displaced from the Oil & Gas Industry? Oil & Gas Initiative recruiters can work your job candidate to get them eligible for training and certifications, as well as, on-the-job training opportunities specifically designated for displaced Oil & Gas workers.  OGI recruiters can also help with career coaching and resume critiques as requested by customers.  To refer your job candidate to the program, contact the Oil & Gas Initiative by phone or email.


Get Your Future Started
Work Experience: Employers want to train your Young Adult through Workforce Solution's Work Experience program.  Does your Young Adult customer possess the skills necessary to successfully interview with employers and discuss their academic and volunteer work.  Do they have the professional demeanor most employers are looking for?  Do they take direction well and are they ready to learn new skills?  Do they understand the importance of timeliness and dependability on the job? If you answered yes to these questions, Employer Service wants to know about your Young Adult Job Candidate.  Email your Work Experience candidate's resume or generic application to with "Work Experience Candidate" in the subject line.  Employer Service Business Consultants will work alongside the career office to help get your job candidate into a meaningful work experience opportunity.
Upcoming Events
Sherwin Williams 
Pro-Painters Institute
Classes Begin August 7th
Employer Service Central Office
Bethels Place
Hiring Event - Cypress Station
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Sean Morris
Hiring Red, White, And You!
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Carolyn Thames
To have your upcoming event featured in the next Buzz, 
e-mail us by August 25th!
Got Ideas?
Got Ideas?
We want to make The Buzz a meaningful and useful tool for everyone.  Do you have an idea for a new section?  How about an employer that you'd like to have featured?  We welcome your suggestions and your feedback!
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Summer Earn & Learn
Summer Earn & LEARN
The Summer Earn and Learn Program is an opportunity for young adults with disabilities to secure jobs with local businesses for summer employment. The program places individuals with participating companies and Workforce Solutions pays their salary up to 10 weeks at 20 hours a week. 

Employers receive ready-to-train summer interns to help out with day to day operations. There is no obligation to hire the candidate during or after the duration of the program, but employers are responsible for training, supervising and providing weekly timesheet submittals to Workforce Solutions. 

Businesses with an interest in the program should contact Employer Service at (713) 688-6890 or
Registered Apprenticeship
Companies in all sectors of the American economy are facing complex workforce challenges in increasingly competitive domestic and global markets. Registered Apprenticeship is the proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.
To develop and launch a high quality apprenticeship program, 
Workforce Solutions can help employers focus on the following key components:
Identify the Occupation/Job Series

- Identify the On-the-Job Learning Competencies
Develop a Related Instruction Curriculum
- Develop Apprenticeship Standards
- Establish an Apprenticeship Committees
Found Out More
On-The-Job Training
On-the-Job Training (OJT) helps individuals transition into new jobs in new industries when jobs in their industry are few or no longer available.  We reimburse the employer for training expenses incurred when hiring an individual who needs additional training and skills to adequately perform the job. 

OJT is also a great resource to offer employers that are willing to hire job candidates participating in Work Based Learning. Are you currently working with a job candidate or employer participating in Work Based Learning? Contact OJT before the Work Based Learning period ends to find out how these two services can work together.

If you would like know more about OJT and how it works, OJT staff is more than happy to visit your office and attend your staff meetings or huddles.
Please email us at to learn more. 
Got a Candidate?
 **Hot Jobs from**  
HartEnergyHart Energy
currently has an opening for a Conferences Marketing Manager.The primary focus of this role is responsible for marketing plans and marketing program execution and management related to Hart Energy conferences and events. This position reports to the Senior Marketing Content Manager with oversight from the Vice President of Marketing, and "dotted line" responsibility to the Vice President.
currently  has an opening for a Corporate GE Historian and Enterprise Automation Administrator. The job scope includes the integration of automation data and systems, support of Corporate Historian data consumers and applications, and the expansion of the capabilities of the Corporate Historian.
Wright Wright Medical Technology
is currently hiring a Mobile Inventory Specialist.The ideal candidate will bring excellent time management, communication and attention to details skills. The primary focus of this role is to the timely processing of orthopedic surgical kits/sets. These tasks includes checking in sets using a computer, scanner, scanner and/or smart phone, verifying completeness, restocking, creating new kits from sterile implant sku's, other basic set maintenance.
Harsco Harsco Corporation is currently hiring a Maintenance Multi-craft Mechanic. Ideal candidates will be responsible for repairs and maintenance in accordance with diagrams, sketches, operation manuals, and manufacturer's specifications, machinery and mechanical equipment, such as Mat Welders, Slitters, Welding Machines, Hoist and Cranes, presses, forklifts, etc. Requires HS/GED; 2 yrs. of post-secondary technical training; vocational school courses in mathematics and geometry, blueprint reading, mechanical drawing, metalworking, drafting and quality and safety practices are highly recommended.
Success Stories
Meet Bill Lindsay, a success story from the Oil and Gas Initiative. Bill worked in the oil and gas industry for decades and made the transition to a new career with the help from Workforce Solutions. Click below to hear his story.
Success Stories
Success Stories
Miguel S
Miguel graduated from high school two years ago and had been working for staff agencies in temporary assignments earning $9.00 an hour. With limited experience, he struggled to obtain meaningful employment. On June 6, 2017, Miguel began a new job with TRIO Electric Inc., as an Apprentice Electrician as part of their Registered Apprenticeship Program earning $13.00 an hour.  He is enjoying his new job and is excited about his new career.
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