Labour Market Partnership Project
About the Initiative
Employers throughout the Greater Victoria Region are concerned about attracting and retaining skilled staff, and meeting their employment and skills needs in a changing economy. Business and industry from a range of sectors rely on a skilled labour force. Stakeholders in the education and training system are seeking to address the skills demands of the labour market. Some segments of the population (e.g. youth, recent immigrants and refugees) are having a tough time creating sustainable livelihoods for themselves in the regional economy.
The Capital Region Labour Market Partnership Project has assesed current and future skills gaps in the labour market, and recommend labour force development strategies to address those gaps. The Capital Region Labour Market Partnership Project was supported by the Employment Program of BC with funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia and managed by the West Shore Chamber in collaboration with the Greater Victoria Development Agency. The research was conducted by the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victori from June 2014 to April 2015.
The project will make specific recommendations on the five most important training programs and labour force development activities for the next 10 years to:
- Maximize regional employment opportunities to meet future skills demands;
- Reduce unemployment and underemployment for populations with barriers to employment thru skills development appropriate to labour demand.
Issues to be investigated and assessed include:
- The current skill gaps amongst youth, Aboriginals, immigrants, and families living in poverty who are unable to access opportunities in the labour market;
- Projected growth in jobs from industries such as construction, service industries, advanced technology and advanced manufacturing;
- Current and projected gaps in relevant skills in the region;
- Promising practices in labour market development and planning to meet skills gaps, and address the needs of disadvantaged populations.
In short we are working to create a more integrated labour market and economic development and employment system for BC’s Capital region to respond to growing indications of on the one hand, under and unemployment amongst populations with barriers to labour market integration, and on the other, skill shortages facing employers in growth sectors of the regional economy.
The intended outcomes of this project are a comprehensive understanding of the labour market characteristics within the Capital Region, and the creation of an Action Plan/Framework to address employment needs and labour market development. Specific project outcomes include:
- Comprehensive analysis of existing research and information pertaining to the regional labour force profile;
- The estimated number/% of jobs created by sector based on planned residential/commercial/industrial growth and provision of related public infrastructure;
- Identify the top 5 skill gaps for the labour force;
- Identify the top 5 employment opportunities;
- Identifying the 5 most important labour force training/development programs for the next decade;
- Determine the specific barriers and issues related to employment of women, youth, aboriginal people, immigrants, and people with disabilities, in addition to best practices to reduce barriers to employment;
- Implications of findings and strategies addressing specific trends for the Capital Regional District, the West Shore and other sub-regions.
Key Project Research and Engagement Activities
The project team will research and assess the Capital Region’s current labour market situation and projected labour market needs, and make specific recommendations on training and other labour market development activities to meet workforce demand for the next 10 years. This information will be used to engage labour market related stakeholders in developing strategies aimed at increasing the availability of skilled labour in the Capital Region. The deliverables will include a general report for the region as a whole, specific findings relevant to sub regions such as the West Shore, and summary presentations for use in engaging a variety of stakeholders. An Advisory Committee made up of representatives of key sectors will review and comment on findings and advise on recommendations.
Funding for this initiative generously provided by: