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Industry and Education

By Gerry Fox

As we see the electrical industry advance it is obvious the demographics will be challenged. The infrastructure investment needs of the electrical and renewable energy grid will reach the $billions$ over the next 15-20 years with expensive, complex and specialized training and education needs.  Technological advancements will have an impact on the skills required by the workforce, as well as the curriculum and programs developed by colleges and universities.

The Skills Needed

As a large proportion of the electricity workforce moves to retirement we will see attention shift to searching for new workers. Competing employers will be looking to find engineers, technicians and technologists, information technology (IT) specialists and skilled trades people and will be prepared to invest in post secondary programs and build formal relationships with the hope of attracting graduates to their respective sectors

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