Program Spotlight: Helping Sectors Manage Labour Market Challenges

You may have heard that B.C. can expect a wide range of job openings in various occupations in the near future.  This is great news for job seekers, but maybe a little scary if you are an employer.  Major economic sectors like technology, manufacturing, tourism, and many others are all facing unique challenges related to finding the right workers at the right time. 

It’s clear that industries across the province need the information and tools to help them adapt to labour market changes happening now, and 10 years from now.

That’s where the Sector Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) Program can help. The Program provides funding to help sectors and regions come together as a partnership, conduct labour market research and then build that knowledge into concrete actions to address broader workforce challenges.

Since 2009, the Program has supported a broad cross-section of projects across the province, including workforce analysis, human resource strategies, recruitment and retention best practices, and career promotional tools -- just to name a few.

This year, the Sector LMP Program has been redesigned to focus on five distinct project phases.  These phases now provide end-to-end project support that includes sector engagement, labour market information, strategy development, implementation and evaluation.   

Through this new approach, the Sector LMP Program is making it easier for sectors to really zero in on where they can have the greatest impact on their labour market issues, while inspiring industry-wide support for creating effective solutions. 

If you’re a sector organization or employer group and think you have a labour market issue, we’d love to hear from you. 

Updated Sector LMP Program information and a new application form are now available at: www.workbc.ca/sectorlabourmarketpartnerships

Posted: 26 October 2015