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2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report

31 Workforce Renewal – Continuity, Stability, Reliability – Our People When it comes to planning for the future, Horizon Utilities believes fostering the next generation of employees is critical to its long-term financial success. The company’s commitment to business continuity is evident through its recruitment and retention efforts. Horizon is ensuring it has experienced and knowledgeable individuals fulfilling roles throughout the organization to deliver business results. Many roles within the organization require significant technical skill and industry knowledge or take time to achieve full competency. Each year we conduct a demographic and skills assessment of our current workforce. In 2014, we increased our planning efforts, focused on developing internal resources and hired externally to ensure we have qualified people in advance of an aging demographic heading into retirement. We recognize the importance of our continued investment in people is required now to set the stage for future success. Horizon Utilities actively recruits graduates from local universities to become part of our Engineers in Training program. In 2014, we implemented our refreshed Apprenticeship Program, which guides skilled apprentices on their journey to acquire full proficiency – a journey that can take up to seven years. Part of the program includes a new Apprentice Council, made up of senior apprentices and senior management. It is designed to continually inform the current and future needs of the business. Horizon Utilities’ proactive efforts in employee recruitment, training and retention are saving costs while improving productivity. We can say, with pride, that we are committed to developing our people and ensuring continuity for our operations and the customers we serve through a stable and highly trained workforce. 425 dedicated and highly skilled employees 4consecutive years as a Hamilton-Niagara Top 10 Employer Horizon Utilities is always looking for dynamic, highly skilled and energetic individuals to join our team


2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report
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