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Strategy focuses on forecast labour shortage

September 16, 2016 11:09 A.M.
Applicants sign up at Kamloops Hiring Fair. A long-term labour shortage is forecast for the region.

Venture Kamloops and Community Futures will develop a strategy for attracting new workers to the city to head off a looming labour shortage.

The initiative — with provincial funding of $96,000, announced Friday, Sept. 16 — builds on a 2015 labour market study through which Venture Kamloops found that 35,000 new jobs are expected to open in the region by 2025. The study recommended creating a strategy to attract employees to take those jobs.

“The results of this study are going to provide local businesses a blueprint for growth for years to come and help Kamloops continue to grow as a large market in B.C," said Minister of Transportation and MLA Todd Stone.

The two organizations will hire a consultant to develop that strategy through a study called the Kamloops Labour Attraction Partnership.

“The Labour Attraction Partnership is a logical next step for our organization to take in response to the labour force issues identified last year," said Jim Anderson, Venture Kamloops' executive director. "We’re excited to once again be partnering with the Province and Community Futures Thompson Country on a valuable collaborative project.”

The 2015 study found that the most in-demand jobs expected in the region are for qualified and experienced tradespeople (5,200 jobs), as well as workers in health care (2,500), hospitality and tourism (1,100), and administration, finance and clerical staff (4,300 jobs), while nearly half of all new hires between 2015 and 2025 will need some post-secondary education, whether through a trade certification, college education or a university degree.

To create a strategy for Kamloops, a steering committee has been assembled. The initial phase of the project will see the committee consult with at least 100 local businesses before issuing a request for proposals.

The consultant with the successful proposal will then create a sector-specific report that covers at least five areas and provides businesses with strategies that will allow them to better direct their employee attraction resources and increase the number of people moving to Kamloops to join the workforce.

The committee includes:

  • Community Futures Thompson Country
  • Human Resources Management Association Interior Chapter
  • Kamloops Innovation Centre Society
  • Open Door Group
  • TRU Career Education Department
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation
  • Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

The final report of the project is expected to be complete in June 2017.

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