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Careers in Alberta's Energy Future

February 23, 2017
 

The Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of Southeast Alberta and Medicine Hat College (MHC), with funding from Alberta Labour, are presenting a FREE afternoon session on March 2 targeted to jobseekers.

Through a tradeshow and guest speakers, this session will help people in Southeast Alberta learn more about future career opportunities and what types of energy jobs will be required in our region as Alberta diversifies its energy sources.

The recent downturn left many people in southeast Alberta unemployed. While there is some rehiring in the traditional energy field, some workers from those areas may be looking for other opportunities.

“Many workers adopt a mentality that they are defined by their job and industry, but the reality is that many skills learned on the job are highly transferable to other sectors – including renewable energy,” says Theresa Hardiker, executive director of the EDA. “We are happy to have a number of businesses exhibiting at the tradeshow, and to feature two guest speakers who specialize in helping workers transition from one industry to another.”

Victoria Waye, account manager in Renewable Recruitment at EnergeiaWorks, will speak about career opportunities in Alberta’s emerging sustainable energy industry. This segment of the industry is outpacing any other in terms of growth and with that growth comes possibilities.

Carol Howes. VP, communications and petroleum at Enform, will discuss the transferability of energy skills in the oil and gas industry. From soft skills like project management to hard skills such as coding or hook ups, much of what is used on an oil field is needed in renewable energy companies or other industries entirely.

The session immediately precedes the Southeast Alberta Energy Diversification Symposium (SEEDS), where the findings of the Southeast Alberta Energy Diversification Report will be shared with conference attendees.

“The labour report that will be released at SEEDS tells the story of where energy jobs will come from throughout our region in coming years. This information is important for businesses and policy makers to understand,” says Tracy Stroud, manager of business development at MHC, “and could help those looking for work plan their next steps.”

Careers in Alberta’s Energy Future will take place at Medicine Hat College from 1to 5 p.m. on Thursday March 2. Those who pre-register for this free event will receive a free day of parking and be entered to win door prizes. (Register here: bit.ly/CareersInEnergy)

More information on the Southeast Alberta Energy Diversification Symposium that will follow the free careers session is available along with registration information at www.mhc.ab.ca/SEEDS. Updates are also available on twitter @SEEDS_2017.