Mexico’s energy reform presents both challenges and opportunities for the country’s labor markets. Many new oil companies, utilities and service providers are expected to enter Mexico and compete for talent in the coming years. New and expanded government agencies will also need more skilled professionals. At the same time, as many as half of Pemex’s employees will be at or near retirement age within a decade. A shortage of qualified labor would increase competition for talent among companies and government entities. Yet, Mexican universities currently do not produce enough energy engineers, geoscientists, and other qualified labor to meet this additional demand. Institutional links between universities and the private sector also remain insufficient.
The Inter-American Dialogue, in partnership with Comexi and the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, will host a roundtable discussion to bring together senior representatives of the Mexican government, industry executives and leaders in education to discuss challenges and opportunities for human capital and the energy and oil and gas sectors in Mexico. Participants will discuss what skills will be needed in the sector, what Mexico’s educational institutions can do to meet this new demand, and government policies that can help close the skills gap.
This event is sponsored by Laureate International Universities, Shell, and the Dialogue’s Energy and Resources Committee, whose members include ExxonMobil, Chevron, Holland & Knight, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, Anglo American, and Sempra Energy.