GHP Seeks To Head Off Labor Crunch

The Greater Houston Partnership has announced a new effort head off potential shortages of skilled labor that could limit the region's economic growth.

The Greater Houston Partnership says it will conduct an assessment of the gap between the region’s education and training programs and the workforce needs of its businesses. The initiative will seek to determine which industries and skill categories need the most immediate attention.

The partnership unveiled the plan at an event hosted jointly by JPMorgan Chase and the Brookings Institution. Bruce Katz is co-director of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program.

“Houston is an export powerhouse. Very strong presence, obviously, in energy and chemicals. A rising presence in manufacturing. The challenge here is skills. You’re growing so fast that you don’t have workers with the skills necessary for what are very technologically sophisticated jobs.”

A task force co-chaired by Gina Luna of JPMorgan Chase and Bruce Culpepper of Shell, Americas will lead the initiative. It’s expected to release its recommendations next year.

 

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...