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June 10, 2014: The Council secures $2.8 M in funding from Employment and Social Development Canada

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The Council secures $2.8 M in funding from Employment and Social Development Canada 

The petroleum industry is facing significant human resource challenges. An aging workforce, rapid technological innovation, increased competition for talent and growth are creating labour and skill shortages. The petroleum industry will need strategic solutions to address the challenge. 

The  Petroleum Human Resources Council (the Council) helps industry develop a sustainable, skilled and productive oil and gas workforce. We accomplish this by providing expert knowledge on petroleum labour market trends, occupational information and tools, and strategic HR intelligence and solutions to industry, government and educators.

The Council is pleased to announce that it has secured $2.8 million in funding from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) under the newly Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP).

The SIP funds partnership-based projects that are national in scope and/or nationally significant, that support the development of labour market information, national occupational standards and certification/accreditation regimes, to address skills shortages in strategic sectors of Canada's economy. ESDC was previously known as the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and was rebranded this year under a new name.

Funding of the three-year project allows the Council to further develop its labour market information service to industry and expand the occupational information and tools found on the Careers in Oil + Gas website. The Council understands the need to continue to attract people to our industry and up-to-date occupational information and tools will increase mobility and skills transferability of the labour force as well as build energy and career literacy across industry sectors and Canada.

The Council's first project initiative is to continue producing annual labour market outlooks and quarterly HR trends and insights reports with a focus on areas of oil and gas activity and key emerging sectors, such as the oil sands in Alberta, liquefied natural gas (LNG) activity in British Columbia and the Bakken oil field movement in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Council's labour market information provides key stakeholders, such as industry employers across Canada with information to help with their workforce planning. Aside from funding provided by the Government of Canada, the Petroleum HR Council will partner with multiple stakeholders including provincial governments, industry and other organizations to ensure development and delivery of timely, relevant and credible labour market information on Canada's oil and gas industry. 

The second project initiative will further develop previous occupational information and tools and broaden the resources with up-to-date material and create over 30 new and emerging career profiles, including Power Engineers (formally referred to as Steam-Ticket Operators). These profiles will also serve as the foundation to build a transferability tool to assess workers interested in transferring to oil and gas. Industry can use the tool to assess applicants applying to their organizations from other sectors, and job seekers interested in transferring to oil and gas can align their skills and qualifications to an oil and gas occupation.  This initiative will better connect oil and gas companies with job seekers possessing the right skills and qualifications, while increasing energy literacy across Canada.  The new and updated occupational profiles and transferability tool will be featured on the Careers in Oil + Gas website, allowing for maximum exposure and dissemination. 

"Industry is facing skilled worker shortages now," says Carla Campbell-Ott, executive director for the Council. "Resolving current and projected workforce shortages is critical to the industry's longer-term sustainability and success and to Canada's economic health. Our outlooks describe the pending labour and skill shortages and recommend solutions to our key stakeholder groups."

"The industry requires relevant and credible labour market information to help us understand in-demand occupations and pressure points in workforce development. LMI helps us to plan for the right people with the right skills, in order to deliver oil and gas projects safely, on-time and on-budget." 

"Up-to-date occupational information and tools, in addition to reliable delivery mechanisms are needed to continue to put a spotlight on careers that exist within our industry." 

About the Petroleum Human Resources Council (the Council)

The Council provides workforce development solutions and projects labour market trends in the Canadian petroleum industry. A division of Enform Canada, the health and safety association of Canada's upstream petroleum industry, the Council supports industry, employers and educators enabling them to attract, develop and retain skilled talent.

For all media inquiries:

Rowena Sampang
Senior Advisor, Communications
Petroleum Human Resources Council
Phone: 403 516-8145