Job Competencies

Creating an accurate job description that reflects industry standards is a challenge for any human resources professional. In order to make sure that electricity job descriptions are as accurate and consistent as possible, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is undertaking work to ensure employers, unions, educators and other stakeholders are equipped with industry-validated standards and profiles to work from.

The Future of Work

Technological innovation is reshaping jobs and skills that will support the electrical grid of the 21st century.  Canada has been a global leader in capitalizing on these innovations, but the changing nature of work demands rethinking traditional occupational standards. To proactively address the needs of our current and future labour market, EHRC is conducting 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 electricity occupations.

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

  • Develop a Competency Framework to lay the foundation for transferrable skills between and across occupations.
  • Develop 15 National Occupational Standards (NOS), Essential Skills Profiles (ES Profiles), and Physical Demands Assessments (PDAs, for existing and emerging occupations) to capture the range of competencies required for a skilled workforce.
  • Conduct a needs analysis to support a business case for certification of the Solar Installer occupation, in partnership with the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).
  • Develop a dynamic and interactive Career Portal, which will enhance career awareness amongst job seekers and assist in HR planning amongst industry employers.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Essential Skills Profiles (ES Profiles) are inventories for the skills, competencies, and knowledge required to perform competently in a specific job. Developed and validated by the industry for the industry, occupational standards have numerous Human Resource benefits including supporting worker mobility, informing training initiatives, and recognizing worker skills.

EHRC is currently completing the above-mentioned 15 NOS, ES Profiles, and PDAs. They will be available on the website later in 2020.

National Occupational Standards (NOS)

NOS are voluntary guidelines that have been developed to provide businesses, educators, trainers, and job seekers with practical guidance.

How Are NOS used?

Employers, employees, and educational institutions can put NOS to a wide variety of uses supporting effective workforce planning.

  • Support personnel certification or accreditation programs
  • Inform curricula for colleges and apprenticeships.
  • Assist recruitment by informing job descriptions and providing a benchmark for employee appraisals.
  • Identify career paths in order to promote employee retention.
  • Help employers evaluate and determined the competencies of potential employees, including Internationally Trained Workers (ITWs).

Essential Skills Profiles (ES Profiles)

Essential Skills are the skills people need for work, learning, and life. They are used in the community and in the workplace, in different forms and at different levels of complexity. There are a total of nine (9) Essential Skills including: Reading Text, Document Use, Writing, Numeracy, Oral Communication, Thinking Skills, Working with Others, Digital Technology and Continuous Learning.