Presentation on theme: "Career Lattice: Year One Report"— Presentation transcript:
1 Career Lattice: Year One Report Meeting at the:Puget Sound EnergyOlympia, WAJune 22, 2011AlanBigelow Canyon sunrisePhoto courtesy of Portland General Electric
2 Career LatticeFramework for depicting relationships between and among jobs.More complex than career ladder; information based on industry input.Includes information about training, certificates and job requirements.Sally
3 Career Lattice in Action Educators use lattice to identify training gaps and develop or improve programs.Industry uses lattice to clarify career path with new and incumbent workers and design internal training.Workers/students use lattice to navigate career options and develop new skills.sally
4 Career Lattice Deliverables Summary and analysis of Skill StandardsSample job descriptionsIdentify and illustrate connections and gaps between and among specific jobsNarrative overview of Career LatticeDraft of lattice web imagesPost findings on project websiteAlan
5 Lattice Components Alternate titles for occupations Narrative description of career pathSample job descriptions for each occupationSkill Standards information/linksRelevant education and training program linksConnections between occupationsSallyFor each of the ten occupations there are these components.Wage and data information is included in some cases.
6 Career Lattice Process Background research conductedSkill Standards and sample job descriptions collected30 industry interviews conducted; 13 employers across five state regionConnections between and among jobs identified; summary preparedConnected to training and education infoSallyCompany sponsored training, college programs and certificates and apprenticeships
7 Interview Participants WASHINGTONCentralia City LightSeattle City LightAvista UtilitiesPuget Sound EnergyEvergreen School DistrictEvergreen PowerMcKinstryOREGONPortland General ElectricEnergy Trust of OregonMONTANANorthWestern EnergyIDAHOIdaho PowerREGIONALBonneville Power AdministrationPacifiCorpsally
8 A Career Lattice Does: Focus on pathways, not skills Include more information than originally soughtInclude corporate and education training infoNeed additional focus in Year TwoDoes Not:Provide company specific informationDevelop Skill Standards or Skills PanelsInclude all energy occupationsProvide complete gap analysis informationAlan
9 Career Lattice Findings Jobs are DistinctJobs are ChangingOccupations vary among employersSmart Grid will require more IT, Data Management & Analysis, and Communication skillsSallyDistinct Jobs:there is not a clear linear career growth trajectory that connects these specific jobs.On the supply side, it seemed fairly common for the occupations to be quite distinct with little opportunity to move between the crafts.moving among supply-side occupations is difficult unless an existing worker is willing to undergo significant re-training‘silos’ are sometimes dictated by the highly-specialized, technology-specific skills required by the job and is sometimes a function of company-union agreements and apprenticeship requirements that are in place.While each occupation has its own path, there are not many connecting points between or among the ten occupations.Jobs are Changing:Jobs in the energy field are changing as technology evolves and regulations change.Meter Techs were erroneously understood to be synonymous with Meter Readers. In fact, Meter Reader is an occupation that is becoming obsolete for most utilities and is likely to be completely phased outAs new reporting regulations are put in place, more organizations are likely to need Resource Conservation Managers (RCMs). RCMs are more likely to be employed by an organization that is a large energy user (i.e. city, school district) rather than directly by a utility.In some cases, the RCM role encompasses sustainability skills, which reflects the changing nature of the work.Variation Among Employers:Occupation titles, duties, and levels vary some from employer to employer.Training offered to incumbent workers also varies widely.Smart Grid Impact:Smart Grid will surely impact programs and training but details of the impacts have not yet been identified.Utilities are predicting an increased demand for IT skills, data management and analysis professionals and Communication Technicians.Utilities consistently noted that they do not currently have systems or personnel in place to deal with the influx of data.One specific use of the data will be to help consumers understand and manage their energy use. This means that a translation of the data from the utility to the consumer will be needed so people in the Energy Conversation Program and Customer Service roles will need additional training in this area.
10 SallyFive supply side occupations share a foundation of ground crew-type position as the entry point, requirements for apprenticeship.Movement between occupation is rareAll four crafts can bid into Relay Tech positions which also require add’l training.Relay Tech can move back to any craft regardless of starting craft, except line worker.
12 Demand Side Connections SallyConnection between demand side occupations is more fluid that supply side.CSR is entry point into utilities.There is a line between occupations employed by utilities and those that aren’t.Thinner bars indicate less demand – meter reader and energy auditorThin line connects meter reader to Meter Tech on Supply Side.
14 Next Steps Create on-line tool to make data accessible (proposed) Plot occupations into Smart Grid image (see samples)Follow up industry interviews, refine dataConnect Career Lattice to supply and demand information (proposed)alan
15 Request for Ed Taskforce Input Provide input on draft Smart Grid imagesReview Career Lattice content posted onSallyThe ten occupations are not connected in traditionally recognizable career path model. They are linked by role in the smart grid.Therefore our recommendation is to illustrate the career lattice using a smart grid image.We’ll show two options and gather initial feedback to move the illustration part forward.
19 WSU Extension Energy Program – Workforce 3/31/2017Thank you!Alan Hardcastle, Senior Research Associate(360)Sally Zeiger Hanson, Workforce Research Associate(360)alanWSU Extension Energy Program – WorkforceWSU Ext Energy Program SWH