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About This Toolkit

Transitioning from tourism to electricity

As the pandemic forced the world to take a pause, we were all afforded with the opportunity to reflect on our careers and aspirations. For many of us, this meant thinking about making a change and trying something new; for some, this has included exploring opportunities to use their talents and transfer their skills to other sectors and industries.

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Talent can be found in unexpected places

At a time when skills shortages are so profound across the industry, employers need to look beyond traditional labour pools for sources of new talent.

EHRC conducted a comprehensive review of occupations, skills and competencies to look for transferability from Canada’s tourism and hospitality industry to Canada’s electricity sector.

Using the PowerShift resources, employers can access a talent pool they may not have previously considered. Career Development Professionals can work with current jobseekers from the tourism and hospitality sector to identify their transferrable skills into the electricity sector and start networking to find available work.

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About the Electricity Industry

As we move beyond COVID-19, many industries and sectors will be competing for your skills and talents. This resource will to shed light on the opportunities that exist in the electricity sector and to provide you with tools and resources to illuminate the potential for transitioning from the tourism and hospitality industry to the Alberta electricity sector.

The electricity industry is involved in three main activities:

  • the generation of electricity using various energy sources and technologies;
  • the high-voltage transmission of electricity, usually over long distances, to bring electricity from power plants to end-use markets
  • the distribution of electricity to end-users, usually through low-voltage local distribution power lines.

Over 100,000 people work in Canada’s electricity sector: some work in generation, transmission, and distribution, and others work in energy efficiency, smart systems, manufacturing, and all levels of the supply chain. In an industry as vibrant and diverse as electricity, you are destined to find an illuminating career opportunity!

Learn More from the Utilities Consumer Advocate

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The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.