Bring Analytics To The Developing Utility Skills Shortage

Canada’s minister of employment and social development recently highlighted mismatches between available employee skills and needs in the electricity industry.  The U.S. faces a similar problem.  While “renewable” energy has gotten a lot of hype, especially from the federal government, traditional utility skills for things like substations, poles, wires and even technical/computer-related employees are lacking.

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Despite the fact that there remains a great deal of under- and un-employment in the U.S. from the “great recession”  (the government doesn’t count people who have given up looking for a job in it’s unemployment stats), the fairly technical skills utilities need still are relatively hard to find.

 

What utilities need to do is use advanced analytics on the employment/skills issue, just as they would any other technical or business problem.  If you know where you are, what’s needed, and what’s available out there, you have a better chance of fixing the problem before it becomes even more serious.  Analytics are ready for the challenge.

-Warren B. Causey

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