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Equipping our Students for Success: Industry-Educator Collaboration for Professional Skills (E) (HE.2)

Track: Hacking Education

When students or new graduates struggle in the workplace, it’s usually not for a lack of technical skills: it’s because they’re missing the key non-technical skills needed to perform their roles effectively. In the electricity sector, many employers are recognizing that communication, curiosity, critical thinking, and other non-technical capabilities are just as important as a candidate’s technical skills. However, inconsistent terminology around what constitutes a non-technical skill, who is responsible for providing non-technical training, and how to measure skill competency have made it difficult to adequately prepare students for the world of work.

To address this non-technical skills gap, EHRC has been working closely with post-secondary institutions, industry employers, and government bodies to better define non-technical skills (often nebulously referred to as soft skills, and what we call professional skills) and to develop a learning program against which competencies can be measured and verified.

This session will examine the implications of professional skills development for hiring and recruiting across sectors, as well as describe how such training can serve as a model for future industry and educational collaboration. Using EHRC’s industry-validated, micro-credentialling approach as a case study, the session will demonstrate how professional skills training can fit within the various provincial requirements, delivery modalities and industry skills needs.

Session Speakers

Mark Chapeskie

Director of Programs and Development

Electricity Human Resources Canada

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