In June Trends: This month we look at the oil industry’s history of employment swings and how this current round of losses differs. This issue includes an update on COVID-19-related job losses based on the first available detailed data, and on who received unemployment benefits in April as a result.
Trends begins 2019 with the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development annual jobs forecast. For this year, they forecast a small amount of overall job growth. Regionally, the Fairbanks area’s employment will grow the most, largely tied to the preparations to house two F-35 squadrons at Eielson Air Force base over the next couple of years as well as the accompanying personnel and their families.
Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development
For the second year in a row, UAF students from the Department of Petroleum Engineering excelled at Technofest, a competition hosted by oil and gas company BP.
Every year at BP offices around the world, challengers and interns have the opportunity to showcase their work for the wider BP community. Competitors must produce a poster to showcase a project or challenge they have been working on, and present it to a panel of judges. The competition was held in July 2018 in Anchorage.
The winners from left to right are Raymundo Lopez, Trevor Jepsen and Keith Robertson.
The University of Alaska Press has released Wildcat Women: Narrative of Women Breaking Ground in Alaska’s Oil and Gas Industry by Carla Williams.
Wildcat Women portrays the personal accounts of fourteen women working in the frigid outback of Alaska’s North Slope oil fields. Leaving friends and families across the United States, they arrived to find a challenging climate in both the barren landscape and the traditionally masculine job. Working outside in 50-below-zero winds or inside warm offices, they share their extraordinary experiences. Enduring twelve-hour days for weeks without a break strengthened their resolve and reinforced their ability to transcend workplace gender roles. Like the 1800s westward movement, these women represent today’s pioneers as equal agents of progress in a new frontier.
For more information about this title and many more please visit www.uapress.alaska.edu or call (800) 621-2736.
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Alaska LNG Project Gasline Workforce Plan. The Alaska LNG project will create thousands of jobs, and the department’s workforce plan aims to align existing resources and identify opportunities to build training capacity to maximize Alaska hire on the gasline.
The Alaska LNG project, led by the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, will move 20 million tons of natural gas each year from Alaska’s North Slope to tidewater, where it will be liquefied and shipped by sea to Asian markets. Offtake points along the 807-mile pipeline will ensure Alaskans have access to natural gas for in-state use before it is sold to other markets. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019, with gas delivered by 2024-2025.
“Construction and operation of the gasline will create up to 20,000 jobs and Alaskans should be first in line for these opportunities,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “This workforce development plan will guide efforts to ensure Alaskans can gain the skills and experience they need to build the Alaska LNG project.”
“The Alaska Workforce Investment Board works to connect Alaskans with good jobs,” said AWIB Chair Larry Bell. “We strongly endorse this workforce plan and look forward to working with other stakeholders to prioritize Alaska hire on the gasline.”
The department held public meetings in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Kenai to solicit input for the gasline workforce plan. The plan calls for the formation of a leadership committee to draw from the expertise of business and industry, organized labor, educators, and training organizations. The committee will include representatives from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the University of Alaska, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, the Department of Education and Early Development, and the AWIB. The leadership committee will develop policy and resource recommendations to prioritize education and training for the in demand occupations associated with the Alaska LNG project.
View the original press release at http://labor.alaska.gov/news/2018/news18-17.pdf