Port Houston employees have made everything possible this year even as the supply chain continues to see record high demand. Port Houston knows the value of its people and continues to make investments into their futures with training, succession planning, organizational development and more. In this blog, we highlight some of longest tenured employees to see how they have progressed in their careers and why they enjoy working at Port Houston.
“In recent years, we have seen record growth at Port Houston and throughout the Houston Ship Channel complex. The maritime workforce remains essential to the ongoing success and stability of our region. Port Houston is committed to supporting the development of a robust maritime workforce, and our Maritime Education Program exists for this purpose,” states Roger Guenther, Executive Director of Port Houston.
More than half of the region’s maritime workers are age 50 or older and quickly approaching retirement. There is a growing need for talent in all areas of maritime and industry-related occupations, including transportation, logistics and supply chain management, environmental, security, emergency management and various positions with ocean-going carriers.
The global supply chain is in a time of evolution. With ships getting larger and cargo increasing, the constant focus on growth is undeniable. More equipment and upgrades to infrastructure will be necessary, but so is a properly trained workforce. Who will be the next generation of maritime workers supplying that manpower to sustain the supply chain? Whether truckers, equipment operators, logistics specialists, longshoremen or crane technicians, these are all key roles that keep operations running efficiently; and the industry needs more of them. A lot more.
Maersk’s rainbow container made its way around the world to Port Houston’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal. This colorful container has served as a symbol of equity, inclusion and diversity where all employees, partners, and customers feel welcomed and can be themselves without judgment or fear.
Written by: Carolyn Ashley, Director of Employee Development & Engagement at Port Houston, and Caitlin Perry, Internal Communications Specialist at Port Houston.
As an international port in the most diverse city in the U.S., Port Houston has a duty to promote diversity, equity and inclusion as an employer, community partner and regional leader. Port Houston recently formalized its commitment by officially adopting a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Position Statement:
Port Houston held its semi-annual Port University workshop during the month of April. Port University, a four-week training course, is an outreach program designed to educate small businesses about procurement opportunities at the port. The workshops are presented in collaboration with the University of Houston Small Business Development Center.