API Announces New Initiative to Encourage Veterans to Enter Natural Gas and Oil Industry
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WASHINGTON, August, 9, 2022 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) is proud to announce a new initiative, Energy for Veterans, designed to attract more veterans and transitioning service members into meaningful and well-paying careers in the natural gas and oil industry.
“Service members and veterans have a distinguished record of serving our country, both at home and abroad. Through their experience, they have developed skills that make them ideal candidates to launch careers in the natural gas and oil industry where their efforts will help to ensure America’s energy security for decades to come,” Senior Vice President of API Global Industry Services Anchal Liddar said. “Our industry is one of the most veteran-friendly in the country and is committed to helping our veterans as they transition to civilian life and look to build a strong financial future for themselves and their families.”
To attract the skilled workforce of the future, API is encouraging veterans and transitioning service members to apply their skills in the industry by obtaining professional credentialling through API’s Individual Certification Programs (ICP). Recognized worldwide for producing professional and expert inspectors, ICP offers 21 certifications that provide applicants with practical knowledge of relevant industry inspection codes and standards across various segments of the industry and related industries.
ICP certifications are approved for GI Bill funding by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the Web Enabled Approval Management System (WEAMs). Anyone who qualifies for the GI Bill (veterans, eligible spouses and dependents) can utilize those funds to reimburse test fees for multiple ICP certifications.
API plans to develop additional programs and tools to help transitioning service members and veterans. More information can be found here.
API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than 11million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our approximately 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence®, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 800 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.