Phillips 66 backs employment outreach program for minority workers

By Special to the American Press

Phillips 66 has backed an ongoing employment outreach program within the company with minority workers as the target audience.

In 2010 a local chapter of the Black Employee Network was founded at the company’s Lake Charles manufacturing facility. The

company’s main office started the initiative in 1987.

“BEN provides its members with

leadership opportunities and supports an atmosphere for personal and

professional development.

Phillips 66 has a recruiting program for professionals, and BEN is

involved in helping grow relationships with partner universities,

thus creating a pipeline for future African-American employees,”

the company said in a statement Tuesday.

“Members also give back to the community by participating in community outreach projects they identify and implement. It is

a win-win situation for employees, the company and community.”

Next month, the BEN Lake Charles chapter will sponsor its third career fair. The event will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April

20, in Westlake’s Managan Recreation Center, 1000 McKinley St.

Information that will be provided to

the public will include job forecasts, educational requirements, salary

scales and interview

tips.

“The Career Readiness Expo is one of

our community outreach projects. The goal is to make the public aware of

the industry

jobs out there. The public will be able to talk with professionals

and craftsmen from various trades and find out what they

do, how much they make and much more. It’s all about getting

information to make the right choices about your future,” according

to the company’s statement.

In August, BEN, in partnership with the Black Heritage Festival, plans to sponsor a scholarship seminar.

“The scholarship seminar brings

universities, trade and technical schools to the community and provides

high school students

and parents with the tools needed to understand and successfully

search for and obtain financial aid for higher education,”

the statement reads

Phillips 66 employees and retirees — regardless of race — can voluntarily join the network.

“We empower, support and facilitate the

development of our members to their full potential in order to achieve

individual,

corporate and community objectives. Industry has a diverse

workforce and we believe diversity adds value to a company,” the

statement reads.