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Electricity Sector Council report Recharging Our Workforce and new training website


November 22, 2011
By Anthony Capkun

November 22, 2011 – The Electricity Sector Council (ESC) released a new report today, “Recharging Our Workforce”, as well as a dedicated website that detail practical and tactical strategies to increase training capacity within the electricity industry. Developed as part of the Training & Learning Development (TLD) Project, this information is critical, says ESC, in light of the sheer volume of training that will need to occur in the industry over the coming decade.

“Organizations must be prepared to increase their training capacity across all levels of the organization to ensure smooth transitions to the next generation of skilled and specialized employees,” says ESC. The TLD project provides industry stakeholders “with the strategies, processes and recommendations to ensure organizations have the internal training systems and capacity to develop both new and existing employees”.

Distilled from a nationwide survey of training managers and directors, the website and final report contain discussion of the challenges and barriers organizations are facing toward increasing their training capacity; strategies for surmounting those challenges and enhancing internal training capacity; recommendations for next steps to continue the evolution of training practice in the industry; and a section profiling “exemplary training practices” already in place at utilities across the country.

The content on the site and in the report is designed to benefit utilities at all stages of their training planning and capacity enhancement process, says ESC. The website and final report can be accessed by visiting www.brightfutures.ca/training.

The Electricity Sector Council is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program with support from participating sector communities of business, labour organizations, educators and stakeholder associations. It provides human resource and workplace development support to workers employed by the electricity, renewable energy industries and related cogeneration, energy efficiency, and manufacturing and service/consulting industries. Through its research and work with industry employers, the Council is resolving issues such as recruiting and retaining workers, facilitating school-to-work transitions and developing sector and career awareness strategies.