Canada invests in next generation energy workforce

The Government of Canada is providing funding to enhance energy workforce development in the rapidly changing utility industry.

The funding is being provided through the Sectoral Initiative programme to launch the new National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Career Portal project.

Under the project, Electricity Human Resources Canada will explore the transformational impact of technology, digitalisation and innovation on the changing nature of work in the sector.

The aim is to come up with solutions to address current and future skills shortages.

Energy segments to be addressed include smart grids, renewable electricity generation, grid automation, carbon capture and storage, as well as electric vehicles.

The research will revise or develop 15 National Occupational Standards and Essential Skills to better prepare job seekers to transition into the electricity sector.

Occupations to be covered include electrical engineering technician/ technologist, utilities project managers and smart grid operators.

“By encouraging the adoption of new technologies and putting in place the appropriate support for workers, Canada can minimise both skills shortages and technological unemployment. A long-term strategic and national approach to human resource planning and training is therefore critical to ensuring that we continue to maintain the level of growth, reliability, safety and productivity in the system – with a workforce that is truly inclusive and diverse.” – Michelle Branigan, CEO, EHRC.

“The accelerated pace of change in our sector, including advancements in technology and innovation will also have a huge impact on our energy workforce. We need to anticipate what those impacts will be so employers, employees and job seekers alike can respond to the changing structure of the sector and future job opportunities.” – Jim Kellett, Board Chair, EHRC.