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Development of a Prototype Model for Civilian Occupational Group Projections

Adrian Erkelens, Stan Isbrandt and Fariya Syed

Summer Computer Simulation Conference 2007 (SCSC 2007)
San Diego, California (USA), July 15-18, 2007


Like many organizations, the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is facing challenges in recruiting and retaining a sustainable workforce over the next decade. While DND has a robust history of proven success in the modeling and analysis of its military workforce, its modeling of the civilian workforce has been found to be inadequate. To effectively meet the challenges of civilian human resource management, DND is attempting to leverage its success in modeling military occupations to modeling its civilian workforce.

DND has initiated a project to adapt its military workforce to modeling a civilian occupation. This will serve as a prototype for the modeling of other civilian classifications. The capability to model and analyze its civilian workforce will enhance the effectiveness of civilian human resource management. The sustainment of civilian classifications, that are appropriately trained, experienced and certified, is essential if Canada is to meet current and future Defence commitments.

Although the concepts inherent in the military modeling largely apply to the civilian-modeling context, there are significant differences. In the military model individuals typically enter only at the lowest levels, and all promotions are from within. In contrast, civilian groups can have vacancies filled at all levels by promotions from within, by transfers from other government departments and occupations, as well as from outside the government. The model will be implemented in the Arena simulation software, with individuals represented as entities with attributes

As a work in progress, this paper will outline methodology, lessons learned, outcomes and potential policy implications relating to civilian workforce management within DND. The project issues include not only the adaptation of existing modeling, but the analysis of available data to determine relative career progression flows.

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