HTC Startup Spotlight: PetroLessons
Petrolessons.com, a First-of-Its-Kind Peer-to-Peer Online Training Portal for the Oil & Gas Industry Calls for Oil and Gas Professionals to share their knowledge and get paid for it. Every experienced oil and gas professional can now become an instructor. In line with the on-demand, marketplace and crowdsourcing trends.
Startup online training platform, Petrolessons.com, the first peer-to-peer online training portal dedicated to the Oil and Gas industry calls for experienced Oil and Gas professionals to author, publish and sell their knowledge. They aim to bridge the knowledge gap in the industry due to “The Big Crew Change” by offering online video courses, webinars and live virtual classrooms that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
Unemployed No More: Petrolessons.com Creates Opportunities for Oil & Gas Workers
Gasoline may be volatile, but take a look at the job market for people who work in the oil and gas industry and you’ll see something that’s even more reactive to sparks (in the economy.) Over the past several months, hundreds of thousands of these oil and gas workers have been laid off, their terminations the result of falling oil prices which are dropping lower than they have in years. Although this means lower gas prices for American consumers, at the time of this writing, this situation has left over 250,000 oil workers round the world without a job.
While this trend has many oil workers filing for unemployment for the first time in their lives and willing to find opportunities in other industries a new hope has crested the horizon. Even when a skilled professional is terminated, they retain their knowledge and expertise – a fact that Houston-based startup Petrolessons.com is leveraging to provide a means for these workers to continue supporting their families.
Petrolessons has created the world’s first portal through which skilled and experienced gas and oil professionals can package and sell their knowledge in the form of online video courses making 70% of net revenues. The concept brings together a number of timely factors, the most critical being that the current glut of layoffs is only a temporary matter. The eventual – and largely inevitable – future rise in oil prices will once again open up thousands of jobs within the industry. More important is the coming widening of the workforce gap as baby boomers who currently dominate the industry begin to retire. According to drillinginfo, an estimated 71 percent of the workforce in oil and gas is 50 years of age or older. The downturn is just accelerating their exit. Something needs to be done to help workers create revenue streams and to help the industry bridge the skills gap!
“It’s democratization of Oil and Gas education… It’s all about making current hands-on content accessible to those who can benefit from it.“
And that’s exactly what Petrolessons’ online portal is designed for. Current oil and gas professionals can earn an income through selling their expertise through the website, while workers who are now having to increase performance or who wish to prepare for the future can obtain the education needed to jump into that highly-lucrative workforce once the market goes up. “It’s democratization of Oil and Gas education.” says Braulio Perdigao, CEO and Founder of Petrolessons. “It’s all about making current hands-on content accessible to those who can benefit from it.“
The Petrolessons platform isn’t just timely and beneficial, as the startup is also working to ensure that its offerings take full advantage of innovative technology. All video courses are mobile friendly. Online accessibility is supplemented with a feedback system to help students evaluate instructors. “We are just scratching the surface, there are lots of innovations in the roadmap for us.” Gamification to create retention, as well as the development of a proprietary mobile app that will make downloading and participating in courses easy while on remote locations. Also oil and gas companies and service companies can have their own private instance of the portal.
Courses include any topic within oil and gas industry. From basics to advanced levels such as Safety, Leadership, IT and Industry-related software training, Subsea Engineering, Production, Reservoir, Wells, Refineries, Logistics, Communications and Project Management to name a few.
To ensure high-quality instruction, courses are vetted through peer review prior to publication, and a 30-day money-back guarantee is on the table to provide additional peace of mind.
Those interested in learning more about Petrolessons are invited to visit www.petrolessons.com for complete details.
As the first peer-to-peer training marketplace dedicated for the ailing Oil and Gas industry, Petrolessons envisions the democratization of knowledge while delivering effective video courses to curb the Big Crew Change crisis and massive layoffs.