Evaluation of NS Energy Sector Education & Training Capacity

Research Call

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Evaluation of NS Energy Sector Education & Training Capacity


Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018; 4:00 pm AST

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy (NSDOE) has identified a need to inventory the province’s oil and gas education and training service providers. Education and training are valuable commodities that Nova Scotia can market to the rest of the world.  They represent ‘lead products’ that can be used to open markets, introduce the Nova Scotia supply chain, and create economic opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses.  When developing offshore energy projects, education and training are identified within the Offshore Accord as requirements for developer’s consideration, particularly for local benefits, as well as benefits to support disadvantaged individuals or groups.

Given this requirement, the NSDOE is planning to engage the services of an industry expert to lead a multi-phased project on the subject of education and training in the context of oil and gas supply chain development and market intelligence.  The NSDOE wants to identify and connect with existing local training providers, understand what sectors are being supported, and how the NSDOE can promote these organizations both regionally and internationally. This meets the NSDOE’s mandate to support the development of the energy sector supply chain and capacity building.
The work will begin with an initial study that evaluates the inventories and local capacities of this sector, which in turn would support NSDOE’s mandate to promote and market Nova Scotia’s energy supply chain.  Through this competitive RFP, potential consultants will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of global markets to assist in identifying key opportunities for the Nova Scotia education and training sector, specific to oil and gas energy.

Phase 2 of the project will build on initial findings: the consultant will undertake a through examination of the gaps and opportunities within education and training in the national and international oil and gas sector to identify the most promising global markets for Nova Scotia companies.  Phase 2 is excluded from the scope of work and budget but the consultant will nevertheless be expected to demonstrate expertise in this domain.

Commissioned by the NSDOE, the contracting organization for this request for proposal (RFP) is the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA).  This study will catalogue Nova Scotia’s education and training institutions and organizations, both public and private, which have specific curriculum or training associated with the oil and gas energy sector.  It will also identify those which are currently marketing this education or training to global export markets, and provide recommendations to improve these efforts. To achieve this objective, three primary tasks will be undertaken:

  • Inventory the Nova Scotia public and private energy sector education and training service providers which have curriculum and/or training capacity specifically related to the oil and gas sector. Interview Nova Scotia service providers to collect data on market demand indicators and promotion of services in local and global markets.  Determine capabilities and export activities as it pertains to oil and gas markets.
  • Analyze the collected data to identify what resources these organizations use or have been offered to assist in their local and global market identification, development and promotion activities.  Compile any additional general information on existing markets and new market entry techniques for these services.
  • Provide recommendations to the NSDOE on potential investment and growth strategies for the education and training sector as it may pertain to the departmental role for business development.

The following timelines for the project are provided for guidance and are subject to change:

a) RFP release date:                Wednesday, February 28, 2018
b) Proposal due date:       Friday, March 9th, 2018; 4:00 pm (Atlantic Time)
c) Consultant selection:          Monday, March 12, 2018 (by 4:00 pm AST)
d) Project kickoff:                    Tuesday, March 13, 2018
e) Project completion:            Draft Report May 1st, 2018; Final Report May 14, 2018

For more information on the Request for Proposals and how to apply, please CLICK HERE for full documentation.  To submit your proposal, please upload to the following secure FTP site:  https://oera.sharefile.com/r-r81fd30d14f444ba8

For inquiries, please contact:

Russell Dmytriw, Director of Research
Offshore Energy Research Association

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Please note, OERA accepts proposals under the OERA Open Proposals Program. Information on the Open Proposal Program can be found here.

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