2017 – 2022 WORKFORCE IN MOTION

EHRC’s current study is an update to its 2011 LMI entitled “Power in Motion”, which provided electricity companies with accurate workforce predictions as well as concrete, actionable steps to help stakeholders address HR challenges on a number of different fronts. Whether you are an employer, an educator, government, a professional association, a job seeker, a student, a parent or a career counsellor, you’ll find value in our labour market information.

Surveys and key informant interviews are being conducted until June 30th, 2018 to gather critical data to inform the 2017 LMI study. Following data collection,  industry validation session will be held in late summer/early Fall of 2018 to:

  • Listen to a presentation of key findings and emerging themes;
  • Review and discuss these findings; and
  • Develop (and prioritize) recommendations to address identified challenges.

Further details on the validation sessions COMING SOON! 

Be involved!  This is your opportunity to help drive the strategic direction for industry moving forward.

About the Study

The aim of this study is to build an updated body of knowledge which will inform and improve the electricity industry’s capability in workforce planning, regulatory filing and organizational planning – particularly as it relates to identifying training, programming and curriculum requirements to mitigate business risk related to human resource management.

 The study will provide both real-time current information and long-term (up to five years) estimates/assessment of labour demand and supply specifically for the electricity and renewable energy industry. This study forms part of EHRC’s ongoing LMI research that has provided insight into the sector since 2004.

Under the strategic guidance of an industry-represented Steering Committee (see further below), the methodology will again include an environmental scan, primary research including the administration of a national survey of employers to collect data on labour demand, key informant interviews, and a survey of educational institutions to assess supply side factors. This combined research will be used to produce a report for industry.

Critical information gathered through this study on the labour market and current and future human resources needs will assist decision-makers within industry, government and education in identifying and planning for these needs accurately and effectively.  In particular, information gathered through this study will be used to:

  • Inform organizations on what skills are available in the workforce and what gaps need to be filled; 
  • Support human resources (HR) and organizational planning;
  • Brief senior managers in your organization on the issues and priorities for HR;
  • Brief regulators and other stakeholders on the issues, costs and initiatives for HR development in your organization;
  • Coordinate labour market analysis with other industries and sector councils;
  • Inform educational planners, career advisors, teachers, parents and job seekers about opportunities in the sector, what education and training to pursue and the extent to which educational credentials will be measured, accredited and transferable;
  • Identify the range of workplace skills required, in particular, businesses are increasingly looking for workers with multi-faceted competencies—not just technical knowledge, but also so-called “soft skills” such as collaboration and teamwork, problem-solving, leadership;
  • Guide decisions on immigration and inform potential immigrants about opportunities in the electricity industry, and the skills they need; and
  • Inform government policy makers and the general public on labour market conditions and HR priorities.

National Steering Committee

Stakeholders from industry, education, government, labour and licensing bodies will provide input into this project through a National Steering Committee, including:

This current study is an update to EHRC’s 2011 LMI entitled “Power in Motion”, which provided electricity companies with accurate workforce predictions as well as concrete, actionable steps to help stakeholders address HR challenges on a number of different fronts. Whether you are an employer, an educator, government, a professional association, a job seeker, a student, a parent or a career counsellor, you’ll find value in our labour market information.

Surveys and key informant interviews are being conducted until June 30th, 2018 to gather critical data to inform the 2017 LMI study. Following data collection,  industry validation session will be held in late summer/early Fall of 2018 to:

  • Listen to a presentation of key findings and emerging themes;
  • Review and discuss these findings; and
  • Develop (and prioritize) recommendations to address identified challenges.

Further details on the validation sessions COMING SOON! 

Be involved!  This is your opportunity to help drive the strategic direction for industry moving forward.

About the Study

The aim of this study is to build an updated body of knowledge which will inform and improve the electricity industry’s capability in workforce planning, regulatory filing and organizational planning – particularly as it relates to identifying training, programming and curriculum requirements to mitigate business risk related to human resource management.

 The study will provide both real-time current information and long-term (up to five years) estimates/assessment of labour demand and supply specifically for the electricity and renewable energy industry. This study forms part of EHRC’s ongoing LMI research that has provided insight into the sector since 2004.

Under the strategic guidance of an industry-represented Steering Committee (see further below), the methodology will again include an environmental scan, primary research including the administration of a national survey of employers to collect data on labour demand, key informant interviews, and a survey of educational institutions to assess supply side factors. This combined research will be used to produce a report for industry.

Critical information gathered through this study on the labour market and current and future human resources needs will assist decision-makers within industry, government and education in identifying and planning for these needs accurately and effectively.  In particular, information gathered through this study will be used to:

  • Inform organizations on what skills are available in the workforce and what gaps need to be filled; 
  • Support human resources (HR) and organizational planning;
  • Brief senior managers in your organization on the issues and priorities for HR;
  • Brief regulators and other stakeholders on the issues, costs and initiatives for HR development in your organization;
  • Coordinate labour market analysis with other industries and sector councils;
  • Inform educational planners, career advisors, teachers, parents and job seekers about opportunities in the sector, what education and training to pursue and the extent to which educational credentials will be measured, accredited and transferable;
  • Identify the range of workplace skills required, in particular, businesses are increasingly looking for workers with multi-faceted competencies—not just technical knowledge, but also so-called “soft skills” such as collaboration and teamwork, problem-solving, leadership;
  • Guide decisions on immigration and inform potential immigrants about opportunities in the electricity industry, and the skills they need; and
  • Inform government policy makers and the general public on labour market conditions and HR priorities.

National Steering Committee

Stakeholders from industry, education, government, labour and licensing bodies will provide input into this project through a National Steering Committee, including:

In tandem EHRC recently worked with stakeholders in Alberta to examine the impact of a rapidly changing landscape, including the increased focus on renewables and the impact this will have on employment in the sector. Results from this study will be integrated with the National LMI Study report.