Aboriginal Education and Employment Strategy - BC Hydro - Valerie Monkman for Jeannie Cranmer


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This Aboriginal Education and Employment strategy was provided by Valerie Monkman on behalf of Jeannie Cranmer of BC Hydro at the "Expanding our Knowledge" conference held in Vancouver, BC on April 15, 2013. The conference was hosted by www.workingeffectivelywithaboriginalpeoples.com and powered by Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.

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Aboriginal Education and Employment Strategy - BC Hydro - Valerie Monkman for Jeannie Cranmer

  1. 1. 1Aboriginal Education and Employment Strategy(AEES)Valerie Monkman, AEES Advisor on behalf of Jeannie Cranmer, AEESManagerAPRIL 15, 2013
  2. 2. Aboriginal RelationsOverview and Statement of PrinciplesBC Hydro Vision: Powering BC with Clean, Reliable Electricity forGenerationsBC Hydro is at a critical point in supporting the growth of the province. We havemajor capital projects worth millions of dollars under way all across theprovince and will continue to grow our skilled workforce.BC Hydro has been a leader in Aboriginal relations, and will continue to advancethis leadership position. BC Hydro recognizes that the Aboriginal populationof British Columbia has a distinct legal, historical and cultural status and iscommitted to working with the Aboriginal population according to the followingAboriginal Relations Statement of Principleswww.bchydro.com/community/aboriginal_relations.html2
  3. 3. Statement of Principles - EmploymentBC Hydro will co-operate with Aboriginal peoples and educationalinstitutions to develop initiatives that support Aboriginal peopleacquiring knowledge and skills that will prepare them for employmentwith BC Hydro and its subsidiaries.• BC Hydro will develop employment equity programs with a goal ofincreasing Aboriginal representations in the Hydro workforce to alevel proportional to their working population in British Columbia.Aboriginal Education & Employment Strategy (AEES)The Aboriginal Education and Employment Strategy is a long termapproach to recruitment, capacity development and internalAboriginal awareness.3
  4. 4. Aboriginal Education & Employment Strategy (AEES)• BC Hydro’s Executive &Board of Directors approved the10-year strategy to create arepresentative Aboriginal workforceAug 2006.• AEES aligns with BC Hydro’s commitment to develop a diverseworkforce that represents the communities we serve within BC andstrengthens our goal to create an inclusive workplace by 2017.• Dedicated human resource (AEES) teamsupports Aboriginal applicants.4
  5. 5. Aboriginal Education and Employment Strategy WorkPLANNED VERSUS ACTUAL – HOW DID WE DO?Human Resources “Attract and Retain”ACTIVITY F13 PLAN F13 ACTUALFocus on TargetedAboriginal Hires• Hiring Target = 35 Aboriginal Hires• Youth Hire Program AnnualImplementation• ARN Support/Capital Projectssupport• Capacity building• Planning strategic sourcing(specific schools)• Recruitment & coaching• Aboriginal Scholarships• Aboriginal Employee NetworkProjectDelivered to plan – Achieved 35hires“Going for Gold”Canadian Council forAboriginal Business (CCAB)•Progressive AboriginalRelations (PAR)• AEES is instrumental in achievingPAR Gold designation (ProgressiveAboriginal Relations)CCAB PAR Gold awarded September20125
  6. 6. Aboriginal Education & Employment Strategy (AEES)Aboriginal Education & Employment Strategy TeamJeannie Cranmer, Manager• Community outreach: Career Information Sessions,Career Fairs• Strategic Partnership with BC Hydro, Industry, First Nationsand Aboriginal Organizations• Develop and deliver training programsValerie Monkman, HR Advisor• Aboriginal Recruitment: Identify applicants, review onlineapplications• Applicant support, coaching and mockinterviews• Coordinate work exposure opportunities:6
  7. 7. Aboriginal Education & Employment Strategy (AEES)Aboriginal Education & Employment Strategy TeamMelanie Woods, HR Analyst• Administration, tracking and reporting• Marketing and Promotion, special eventscoordination• Lead project manager for launch of the Aboriginal employee network-RAINNational Aboriginal Day 2012RAIN launch• R - Respect all my relations• A - Aboriginal• I - Inclusions• N - Nucleus7
  8. 8. Aboriginal Employee Network-RAINChief Ian Campbell presentingat RAIN launch with Dan Doyle,BC Hydro Board and JeannieNational Aboriginal Day 2012.8
  9. 9. RecruitmentOutreach activities• Distribute & advertise job postings in Aboriginal communities• Attend Career Fairs and provide career information sessions• Manage Aboriginal applicants, providing support and feedback through therecruitment process• Strategic relationships and partnership to jointly promote training & employmentopportunitiesIndustry Training Authority• $700,000 Skilled Trades Trainingast BCKevin Evans, CEO and Gary McDermott,Director, Aboriginal Initiatives9
  10. 10. RecruitmentOn-the-Job Paid Training programs and Career OpportunitiesAEES supports the recruitment and supports the development of aboriginalemployees through a number of programs:• Youth Hire program – Summer employment• Co-op job Program – University Students• Community Outreach Representative – Power Smart– University Students• GTT/EIT Programs – University GradsNative Education CollegeStudent Career InformationSession at BC Hydro10
  11. 11. RecruitmentRecruitment – Our most successful programTrades Trainee (Pre-apprenticeship Power Line Technician) - Learn to becomean Apprentice powerline technicianRequirementsGrade 12 High school graduation with the following courses:• English 12• Math 11 (or equivalents)• Physics 11A Class 5 drivers license with Air Brake Endorsement.(Preference for Class 3 licence for Manual Transmission with ABE.)The Trades Trainee Program is a two year temporaryopportunity to explore the Powerline Technician trade.• Develop line skills so that youare equipped to apply on an apprenticeship.• Temporary assignment of 24 months on the job and 4 weeksclassroom training.11
  12. 12. RecruitmentApprenticeship programsRequirements (Specific to each Apprenticeship)High school graduation with English 12, Math 12 and Physics 12 or theequivalent. Class 5 or 7N B.C. drivers licence. If you have a 7N licence, you’re able toobtain your class 5 licence in a reasonable amount of time. Hands-on, physical work outdoors and have the fitness and upper bodystrength to do this. You may be a man or a woman, and you may developthis strength through a weight training program before starting theapprenticeship.Power Line Technician Learn to install, maintain and repair power linesElectrician Learn to install, operate, test, and maintain electrical equipmentMechanic Learn to operate and repair mechanical equipment at electricgenerating stationsMeter Technician Learn to install, repair, and test electric meters andassociated equipment12
  13. 13. RecruitmentCommunications Protection & Control Technologist Trainee Learn toinstall, maintain, and repair electronic power system equipmentFour years (48 months) of on-the-job technical training and self-study with annualwritten and practical exams.Diploma Program in Electrical / Electronics Engineering Technology from anaccredited institution, preferably with a Power and/or Communications Option.Cliff Wale, Gitxsan FNField Operations Mgr.• Assisting with safetyGear for PLT Bucket TruckRides13
  14. 14. Capacity Development - Applicant ResourcesTrades Trainee Bursary (TTB)Applications accepted on an ongoing, first come, first servebasis. TTB’s are awarded to applicants who require upgradingin order to meet the minimum requirements for one of ourSkilled Trades roles.For an application email aboriginal.employment@bchydro.comAboriginal Scholarships Assisting tomorrow’s leaders todayApplications accepted January 28, 2013 to April 15, 2013Grade 12 student planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary education andstudents enrolled in a full-time post-secondary programStudents pursuing an education in technology or engineering will be consideredpriority applicants.Application forms and further details are available online atbchydro.com/scholarships14
  15. 15. Capacity Development – PartnershipsBusiness development, community investment and engagementAs part of planning for new projects, BC Hydro will encourage Aboriginal peoplesto take advantage of economic, social, and other opportunities and resources:Aboriginal ProcurementBC Hydro’s Aboriginal Procurement Policyhttp://www.bchydro.com/toolbar/about/partners___vendors/aboriginal_procurement.htmlSkill Builder: BC Utilities Aboriginal Training GroupAdministered by the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB)http://www.icab.ca/resources/skill-builders• Utility Boots CampsThe Skill Builders Industry Training Group is a partnership between BC Hydro,FortisBC, Kinder Morgan, and Spectra which is dedicated to providing skillsdevelopment for Aboriginal people and contractors for specific projectsthroughout BC.15
  16. 16. Capacity Development – PartnershipsAboriginal Relations and Negotiationsbchydro.com/community/aboriginal_relations.htmlToll free 1 877 461 0161 #3Sponsorships & Donationsbchydro.com/community/community_investment/donations_sponsorships.htmlElectricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative (AWPI)http://electricityhr.ca/aboriginal/Industry Training Authority (ITA) AboriginalAdvisory Council (ACC)itabc.ca/content/aboriginal-initiatives16
  17. 17. 17OUR WORK IS ESSENTIAL TO DELIVER ON THE BC HYDRO VISION:POWERING BC WITH CLEAN, RELIABLE ELECTRICITY FORGENERATIONSFor more information1-877-461-0161 # 1 Employmentaboriginal.employment@bchydro.com