The Future of Work

National Occupational Standards – Skills for the Future

Smart grids, renewable electricity generation, automation, carbon capture and storage, and electric vehicles are transforming the traditional electricity industry. Technological innovation is reshaping and reinventing the skills and occupations required to support the electrical grid of the 21st century.  Canada has been a global leader in embracing and capitalizing on drivers of disruption and will continue to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of electricity by rethinking and reshaping traditional occupational standards and skills profiles.

To proactively address the needs of our current and future labour market, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is completing a National Occupational Standards and Career Portal project. This project will help address current and future skills shortages by demonstrating the unique skills, competencies and tasks required for identified occupations in the electricity sector.

Over the course of this three year project, we will be engaging with stakeholder groups to complete several innovative and valuable initiatives including:

  • Developing a Competency Framework to lay the foundation for transferrable skills between and across occupations.
  • Developing 15 National Occupational Standards, Essential Skills Profiles and Physical Demands Assessments (for existing and emerging occupations) to capture the range of competencies required of a skilled electricity and renewable energy workforce.
  • Conducting a needs analysis to develop a business case for certification of the Solar Installer occupation, in partnership with Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).
  • Conducting a review of geothermal/ground source heating curricula to align with ANSI and National Occupational Standards, in partnership with the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC).
  • Developing a dynamic and interactive Career Portal that will enhance career awareness amongst job seekers and assist in HR planning and management amongst industry employers.

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