In its report on professional skills (Skill Savvy), Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) established that students and new graduates from postsecondary education programs show non-technical skills gaps that need to be addressed either before or as they enter the workforce. The report revealed the diverse nature of skills gaps observed in students and new graduates from engineering and technician/technologist programs across Canada.
There are various ways to respond to these gaps. EHRC proposed, in a subsequent thought paper (Empowering the Next-Generation Workforce), that work-integrated learning (WIL) is the most appropriate and efficient means to help students and new graduates to close these gaps. To equip students with tools to make the most of the opportunities work integrated learning offers, EHRC has developed the Professional Skills Training Program, aimed at preparing students and new grads with the skills they need to succeed in their careers.
The Professional Skills Training Program is made of complementary components which can also be used as stand-alone training pieces. Employers or educators can take learners through these components to increase their awareness and help them develop these skills.