Updates from AFPM and its members about workforce development.

AFPM was a proud sponsor of the sixth annual Energy Day in Houston on October 15. Presented by the Consumer Energy Alliance and Consumer Energy Education Foundation, Energy Day drew approximately 22,000 K-12 students and families. AFPM’s exhibit featured a variety of hands-on demonstrations, including “petrochemical magic tricks”where students conducted experiments and learned how petrochemicals are used in everyday products.

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has named Texas A&M University as the winner of the second annual “AFPM Recruitment Challenge”. College students from ten campuses around the country competed in the challenge that focused on increasing awareness and interest in the fuel and petrochemical manufacturing industries and the range of career opportunities. Finalists from three schools, selected for their clear and innovative messaging and industry recommendations, competed before a panel of industry experts. The second place prize went to the University of New Mexico, and the third place prize went to Lone Star College - Kingwood.

Sixteen AFPM member companies recently participated in the 2016 Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) Houston-based hiring fair. The fair provided an excellent opportunity for companies to connect with service members, veterans and military spouses as well as to discuss opportunities in the fuel and petrochemical industries.

The Center for America has released a new “Federal Tax Benefits for Hiring and Employing Eligible Veterans, National Guard Members and Reservists” guide. This free guide for employers covers four federal tax credit programs (1) returning heroes, (2) wounded warrior, (3) activated military reservist credit for small businesses, and (4) the Federal Empowerment Zone Employment Credit. This guide also includes what you need to know to decide if your company is eligible and the specific steps to take to claim the credits.

Students pursuing technical programs of study at Lee College now have additional money to help fund their education after the East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) donated $140,000 for scholarships and other academic support. The money was raised at the second annual EHCMA Workforce Development Golf Tournament in November, in which more than 35 teams from more than 70 companies in the petrochemical, manufacturing and construction industries participated this year. Proceeds from the tournament  were divided between Lee College and San Jacinto College.

American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) has released the new “Best Practices Guides for Employers in Recruiting and Hiring National Guard Members, Veterans and Reservists.” AJAH has created two free versions – a small employer edition and a large employer edition. Both guides include information for employers about organizing your internal military hiring program; recruiting and interviewing candidates; providing an environment that supports career growth; and, sharing information with others.