Cheniere hosts acceptance reception for Craft Development Program participants

Cheniere hosts acceptance reception for Craft Development Program participants

Cheniere Energy recently hosted a reception at Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) to recognize candidates accepted into the Craft Development Program established by the company last year.

The Craft Development Program is a workforce development program tailored to produce highly skilled welders needed to support ongoing construction along the Gulf Coast. Utilizing partnerships with LIT and local school districts, the program consists of advanced welding training at the college and customized, advanced welder training at a Cheniere-sponsored training facility.

Once accepted into the program, participants start with structural welding and advance to combination and stainless steel welding over the course of 6-18 months, depending on their skill level and aptitude. Program participants receive tuition reimbursement as well as additional financial incentives tied to their performance. Successful program graduates could have an opportunity to work at one of Cheniere’s projects currently under construction.

At the reception, Cheniere recognized and honored 19 Southeast Texas students and three Southwest Louisiana students recently accepted into the program and discussed the collaboration with the college, Taylor Career Center, and schools districts such as Beaumont, Nederland, Port Arthur, Port Neches-Groves and Vidor. State Rep. Dade Phelan and LIT president Dr. Paul Szuch also spoke to the students and parents about the positive outlook for welding technology in today’s workforce.

“We are proud of this collaboration with LIT and the surrounding school districts,” said Nick Harris, Craft Development Program manager at Cheniere. Partnerships like this help develop the local workforce while addressing specific industry needs.”

The reception was held at the Beeson building on the campus of Lamar Institute of Technology.