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October 12, 2016: PetroLMI launches first phase of Careers in Oil + Gas online tool

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CALGARY - PetroLMI released the first phase of its Careers in Oil + Gas online tool today at careersinoilandgas.com. The unique career planning tool allows users to browse, search and compare more than 40 select occupations within the oil and gas industry, as well as explore transferable skills between occupations and industries.

The Careers in Oil + Gas online tool aims to inform and engage new and current workers about potential career paths in a number of job families, including engineers, business and operations support, operators and technicians and technologists. These select occupational profiles examine skills and competencies, training requirements and working conditions. With a built in self-assessment feature and skills transferability matrix, the tool is designed to give both workers and employers a better understanding of cross-industry transferability.

"Most workers are not familiar with how their current qualifications, skills and experience might transfer into other occupations, so the tool may help them to identify alternative employment solutions," says Enform's Carol Howes, Vice President of Communications and PetroLMI. "Similarly, employers both within the oil and gas industry and other industries may not be aware of how the skills obtained in one industry may apply to another."

PetroLMI plans to launch a second phase of the Careers in Oil + Gas tool in early 2017. Over the coming weeks and months, it will be populated with more than 100 occupational profiles and will integrate elements of PetroLMI's labour market information to allow users to identify occupations in demand. It will supply links to relevant job opportunities listed in government-sponsored job banks. The updated tool will also include occupational videos and additional information and resources related to the oil and gas industry.

"Because this is a new tool, we would like to incorporate feedback from our stakeholders," says Howes. "So, we are looking forward to receiving ongoing user feedback as we add new elements to the tool."

As more oil and gas activity resumes, employers will be looking to re-attract skilled workers, who may have left the industry or who work in other industries.

"The oil and gas industry needs to continue to find ways to attract the best and brightest that Canada has to offer in order to maintain competitiveness in a cost- and technology-driven environment," adds Howes. "Leveraging transferable skills between occupations is one way to do it."

Anyone planning a career or career change in the oil and gas industry, human resources professionals, and educators are invited to explore and provide feedback on the new tool at careersinoilandgas.com.

The Careers in Oil + Gas online tool is funded by the Government of Canada's Sectorial Initiatives Program and the Government of Alberta.                        

The Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Enform (formerly the Petroleum Human Resources Council) is a leading resource for labour market information and trends in the Canadian petroleum industry. PetroLMI specializes in providing petroleum labour market data, analysis and insights, as well as occupation profiles and other resources for workforce and career planning.

For all media inquiries:

Rowena Sampang
Senior Advisor, Communications
Email: rowena.sampang@enform.ca
Phone: 403.516.8011