SaskPower’s partnership with two education institutions in the province is an investment in itself.
“By offering this funding, we’re helping to train some of those people so that they can be ready for the work force,” said SaskPower spokesperson Tyler Hopson.
“Whether that’s SaskPower or elsewhere. We hope it’s SaskPower, but there’s a real demand for talent in the electricity industry right now.”
SaskPower’s partnership with SIAST and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) will see one-time grants of $1-million go to both institutions to fund educational training and programming.
Hopson said SaskPower’s goal is to build a diverse and well trained workforce.
The grants are focused on program areas that align with SaskPower’s future business needs.
“We know that we have a number of retirements coming over the next decade,” said Hopson. “This is a way to ensure that new people are being trained and we have the workforce that we’ll need in the next few years.”
SaskPower’s advertising campaign has been letting people know across the province that the power grid will be renewed in response to the growing demand for electricity. But Hopson said the “unprecedented investment into the electrical grid” will continue to happen for several years.
“Most of the grid is between 30 and 50 years old. It does need upgrades and renewal,” Hopson said. “It’s a challenge that I think a number of areas and provinces have right now across the country. It’s not necessarily unique to SaskPower. But we, of course, have our own challenges here too.”