Senator Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, along with Ohio’s Oil and Gas Association and the Regional Chamber, hosted the Energy Jobs Fair Monday at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.
More than 45 companies, educational institutions and agencies attended, along with hundreds of job seekers.
“They’re connecting up with a bunch of companies. We got 27 companies here, all of whom are looking for workers,” said Portman. Everything from administration help to engineers to mechanics, truck drivers.”
People from all over the state were trying to fit their skills with the energy industry. Many were already armed with training and education to move forward.
“I have an associate degree in fire protection technology and a bachelor degree in emergency management and homeland security,” said Akron resident Andrew Fankovich.
Others offered on the job experience that could work well for many positions.
“I used to work on gasoline, underground storage tanks and gas pumps. I worked on service stations for 15 years,” said Austintown resident Dave Bagnoli.
Portman recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation that ensures job training money and helps fill the needs of industries currently in demand.
“This is a growth industry, and it’s great for the Valley because we get a lot of people here in the Valley that want to work,” said Portman.
But it’s also an industry that gets plenty of attention both good and bad. Many job seekers at the fair were there to learn more about the industry, from the fracking debate to the supply chain for drillers.
“Just trying to get some information, education on exactly what’s going on. What exactly are they offering,” said Youngstown resident Dawn Griffin.