Posted on June 22, 2017
The Ocean Technology and broader Oceans sector in Nova Scotia is a rapidly growing community. Presently the sector is comprised of entrepreneurs, innovators, and employees who have not typically followed traditional career paths to arrive in their current role. Indeed, serendipity defines the career paths for most, which makes it difficult for post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to replicate with programs of study. This in turn hampers efforts aimed at building career literacy for the sector among the next generation of workers.
Dr. Sherry Scully’s study provides insight to the skills and competencies employers are looking for when hiring employees in the Oceans sector. Data was collected via survey and one-on-one interviews from industry representatives from nine ocean oriented industries (marine defence, marine renewables, ocean research & observation, oil & gas, fishing & aquaculture, marine tourism, ship building, boat building, marine transportation).
Participants of the survey revealed strong optimism in the potential for growth across the ocean industries. However, the data also revealed significant anticipated workforce challenges in the future, few having talent management strategies in place to begin addressing these challenges. The survey exposed five priority workforce issues including; competency gaps of critical employee roles, cultivating high demand critical employees, preparing for impending retirements, positioning youth for regional recruitment, and developing essential, professional, and 21st century skills and competencies.
This research study was initiated and funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour & Advanced Education, and Department of Business, in partnership with the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS), Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), and the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE).
Read the whole report here: Final Report
Posted on November 16, 2016
The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) and Big Data Alliance of Nova Scotia are hosting a development day for students and teachers across the province on Wednesday, November 23rd. Our Ocean Playground is a full day hands-on, experiential learning opportunity focused on helping our students and teachers to build deeper learning connections with our oceans. The day integrates technology, explores innovation, and promotes entrepreneurship by focusing on the growing importance of oceans in our lives and in our world.
Supported by funding from Irving Shipyards Inc. (ISI) and the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS), IORE has developed a Teacher Professional Development program for this event. This professional development day will focus on building the confidence and competence of middle school teachers in the delivery of experiential ocean education, and will help to profile and raise awareness of the regional industry and its various sectors. The workshop topics include;
- marine renewable energy
- marine optics and acoustics
- and shipbuilding and boatbuilding
Teachers will have a chance to participate in interactive investigations relating to these key ocean sectors in our province, led by regional experts from industry and academia. These workshop investigations will link science, technology, engineering and math, with concepts relating to the ocean economy and ecology, careers, innovation & entrepreneurship, and local communities.
Posted on October 24, 2016
In Collaboration with The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, Outward Bound Canada is offering a selection of FULLY FUNDED course opportunities!
More information about the program can be found on the Fall Expeditions Flier from Outward Bound Canada.
Click HERE to download the flier.
Posted on October 6, 2016
GRADE 7–8 TEACHER DEVELOPMENT DAY: EXPERIENTIAL OCEAN EDUCATION
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax Nova Scotia
Be part of an exciting event focusing on experiential ocean education. You will have a chance to participate in interactive investigations relating to 4 key ocean sectors in our province, led by regional experts from industry and academia. Participate in hands-on experiences that will link science, technology, engineering and math, with concepts relating to the ocean economy and ecology, careers, innovation & entrepreneurship, and local communities.
All types of farming rely on a good understanding of lifecycles and ecosystems. Learn more about the controlled farming of freshwater and marine fish and aquatic plants, and gain insight into how this growing industry is contributing to the economy of small coastal communities across our region. (French/English)
Marine Renewable Energy
All movement is energy. Find out how energy is being harnessed from tides, waves and currents. Meet local innovators who are on the cutting edge of this technology, and build efficient turbines that best balance the need to capture energy with the interests of preserving aquatic ecosystems. (English)
Marine Optics and Acoustics
Explore how sight & sound and the behaviour of light and sound waves behave and vary in marine environments. Understand how local researchers and innovators use this science to develop technologies that help us to see and hear throughout the ocean – and see how this information helps to inform activities relating to ecology, the economy, and global societies. (English)
Shipbuilding and Boat Building
Investigate how the properties of materials and ocean water influence the design and construction of marine vessels. Explore cutting-edge technologies and careers that are emerging from these booming sectors, and discuss the impact on communities and the economy across the province. (French/English)
Posted on September 20, 2016
A new research study from the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) and the StFX Faculty of Education is looking to shed light on the career perceptions and intentions of Nova Scotia junior high school students, including perceptions on several emerging regional sectors.