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Meeting the Workforce Challenge. Presentation to Electricity Human Resources Canada John Somers Senior Executive Director, Skills and Learning Branch Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Nova Scotia’s Workforce Challenge.

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meeting the workforce challenge

Meeting the Workforce Challenge

Presentation to

Electricity Human Resources Canada

John Somers

Senior Executive Director, Skills and Learning Branch

Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education

nova scotia s workforce challenge
Nova Scotia’s Workforce Challenge
  • Nova Scotia’s challenges are not uncommon in mature economies
  • A self- re-enforcing cycle:
    • Economic growth
    • Population growth
    • Work force growth
  • Cycle can be positive or negative
  • Market forces do not always favour individual jurisdictions
  • People without jobs, jobs without people
economic growth
Economic Growth
  • Growth in real GDP (1990-2009):
    • Nova Scotia: 40.6 %
  • Major opportunities in the near future:
    • $25 Billion in ship construction
    • $1.2 Billion in Maritime Link
    • $2 billion in offshore exploration
  • How will we ensure we are ready?
  • Nova Scotia’s population stable at 945,00 (2011)
  • Not projected to increase in foreseeable future
  • Low birth rates
  • Net intra-provincial out- migration
  • Aging population: 18 – 64 share of population:
    • 2011: 65.2 %
    • 2036: 55.1 %
the workforce
The workforce
  • Relatively low labour participation rate
  • Significant segments of the population are under-represented
  • Projected gap in skilled trades people
key provincial government touch points in workforce development
Key Provincial Government Touch Points in Workforce Development
  • Labour and Advanced Education (LAE )
    • Advanced Education
    • Skills and Learning Branch:
      • Employment Nova Scotia
      • Workplace Initiatives
      • Apprenticeship Training
    • Policy and Planning
  • Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
  • Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
  • Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI)
  • Department of Community Services
  • External Service Providers
lae labour market programming
LAE Labour Market Programming



$84 Million open-ended

E.I. – eligible

  • EI Part II Benefits and Support Measures:
  • Careers Resource Centres
  • Skills Development
  • Self-Employment
  • Start

3rd party service


Direct funding to individuals

3rd party service



$14 Million Federal Funds

expires March 31st, 2014

Provincial Programs:



Works for You

Direct funding to individuals

targeted interventions
Targeted Interventions

On-line HR Tool Kit

On-line HR Tool Kit

Careers Nova Scotia


One Journey Work and Learn


Skills On-line NS


one journey work and learn
One Journey / Work and Learn
  • Starts with a business or industry-identified skills shortage
  • Employers interview people based on ‘fit’ with their business/industry
  • Customized training delivered to meet industry-specific needs
  • Win-Win: people without jobs obtain employment; jobs without people are filled with skilled workers
essentials to certification a one journey work and learn sub program
Essentials to Certification(a One Journey Work and Learn “sub program”)
  • People working in a trade are provided with essential skills training to enable them to successfully write their exams
  • They achieve Journeyperson status and can, in turn, take on apprentices
  • Win-Win: Tradespeople achieve certification and more apprenticeship positions become available.
skills on line
Skills On-Line
  • Increased accessibility to learning
  • Businesses and individuals access training when and where they need it
  • Electronic learning records follow people from job to job
  • Businesses can create ‘learning networks’ for staff and create their own customized online training options
  • Customized content to meet Nova Scotia’s business needs: HR, Social Media, and…
  • Coming soon: ‘Getting Ready’… to take advantage of those major projects.
what will success look like
What will success look like?
  • Better targeting of educational and training programs
  • More and enhanced training in the workplace
  • Greater employer engagement in the training system
  • Fewer regulatory barriers to labour mobility
  • More Immigrants settling in Nova Scotia
  • More young people attracted to, or staying in Nova Scotia
  • Proportionally less out-migration
  • Increased workforce participation rates, especially in under-represented groups