Northwest Regional Task Force Training Plan

The Northwest Regional Workforce Table has completed a regional skills training plan and is ready to take action to help ensure northern B.C. communities have skilled workers to fill jobs, both today and in the future. A parallel process in Northeast BC produced a plan for that region.  Both reports include recommendations for provincial action as labour demands increase.
The Northwest Regional Workforce Table has completed a regional skills training plan and is ready to take action to help ensure northern B.C. communities have skilled workers to fill jobs, both today and in the future. A parallel process in Northeast BC produced a plan for that region. Both reports include recommendations for provincial action as labour demands increase.
To create the region-led plans, the Tables brought together leaders from industry, employers, labour, First Nations, training service providers, educators, economic development organizations and others to identify key opportunities and the training needed to address those opportunities. The Northwest Regional Workforce Skills Training Plan, background documents and the Northeast Skills Training Plan are now available.
 
Each training plan focuses on aligning existing training programs to local jobs, and will help people take advantage of the significant economic development opportunities that exist in Northern BC.  As part of this work, the regional workforce tables reviewed and analysed regional labour market demand and supply, local training opportunities and potential gaps. The tables also gathered input from a broad cross-section of regional sector groups and communities.
 
Kitimat's Economic Development Officer, Rose Klukas, co-chaired the Northwest Workforce Table.  According to Klukas "all our participants, from industry, First Nations, and educational institutions, were very keen on addressing needs at the local level so area residents would not need to go south for training.  Nearly100 people were involved in our first session last January.  Our Committee will now watch where the report goes from here.  Results have been delivered to the Province".
 
The Northwest Plan includes a comprehensive list of occupations that will be in high demand over the next several years. The conservative growth scenario--based on BC Labour Market Information 2012-2020 forecasts 40% of high-demand occupations will be in the Trades; 15% will be semi-skilled; 14% will be truck drivers and heavy equipment operators, and 14% will be labourers. A more optimistic growth scenario--based on a Northwest Transmission Line Human Resource Strategy and BC Natural Gas Labour Demand Reports--forecasts 50% of high-demand occupations will be in the Trades; and 26% will be labourers.  In either case, said Klukas, there will be many opportunities for residents to train and to work in the north.
 
The establishment of regional workforce tables was a commitment under the BC Jobs Plan.  Funding to support this project was provided through the Canada - British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement.