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, Electricity Human Resources Canada (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 (ESP), and Physical Demands Assessments (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).
- Conduct a review of geothermal/ground source heating curricula to align with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and NOS, in partnership with the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC).
- Develop a dynamic and interactive Career Portal, which will enhance career awareness amongst job seekers and assist in HR planning amongst industry employers.