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First Sur­rey Labour Mar­ket Pri­or­i­ties Study and Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy

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Work­ing on Sur­rey’s first labour study and work­force strat­egy.

Thank you to our Steer­ing Com­mit­tee for com­mit­ting their time.

This will Drive Sur­rey’s econ­omy.

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Project Over­view

The Sur­rey Board of Trade (SBOT), with the BC Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment and Poverty Re­duc­tion fund­ing, is un­der­tak­ing the first Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy Project to de­ter­mine Sur­rey’s cur­rent and an­tic­i­pated labour mar­ket de­mand, sup­ply and gaps for the next 10 years. The Project will cul­mi­nate in a re­port iden­ti­fy­ing key trends and needs, and a strat­egy for work­ing with em­ploy­ers and other part­ners in Sur­rey to ad­dress pri­or­ity labour mar­ket needs. A sum­mary of the key find­ings of the re­search and of the vi­sion, goals and strate­gies and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy will be made avail­able for the pub­lic and stake­hold­ers for ref­er­ence af­ter the re­port’s launch on Oc­to­ber 17, 2019.

Key Ac­tiv­i­ties

• De­sign a labour mar­ket re­search plan to in­clude the col­lec­tion and anal­y­sis of ex­ist­ing and new data and a Project com­mu­ni­ca­tion plan for ap­proval by the Project Steer­ing Com­mit­tee;

• Con­duct sec­ondary re­search in­clud­ing a re­view of rel­e­vant lit­er­a­ture and anal­y­sis of ex­ist­ing labour mar­ket de­mand, sup­ply and gaps data;

• De­velop a pri­mary re­search method­ol­ogy to col­lect new data based on an anal­y­sis of ex­ist­ing lit­er­a­ture and data;

• Con­duct a sur­vey of a min­i­mum of 100 Sur­rey em­ploy­ers to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion on cur­rent and fu­ture labour de­mand, sup­ply and gaps and in­sights on work­force chal­lenges and so­lu­tions in key Sur­rey sec­tors;

• Con­duct key in­for­mant in­ter­views with a min­i­mum of 10 ma­jor em­ploy­ers in Sur­rey to col­lect quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive data and in­sights on labour mar­ket de­mand, sup­ply and gaps and pos­si­ble so­lu­tions;

• Con­duct key in­for­mant in­ter­views with a min­i­mum of 20 em­ploy­ers from 4 to 6 key sec­tors in Sur­rey;

• Hold a min­i­mum of 3 fo­cus groups, 2 for em­ploy­ers and 1 of other stake­hold­ers, to val­i­date the find­ings and de­velop rec­om­men­da­tions for ac­tions to ad­dress needs, pri­or­i­ties and gaps;

• Draft a Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy with in­put from the Project Steer­ing Com­mit­tee that addresses the key labour mar­ket needs, pri­or­i­ties and gaps, in­clud­ing labour mar­ket de­mand and sup­ply im­bal­ances;

• Hold a min­i­mum of 2 broad half-day fo­rums of em­ploy­ers and other stake­hold­ers groups to dis­cuss and re­spond to the draft Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy;

• Ob­tain buy-in and com­mit­ments from key em­ploy­ers and other stake­hold­ers on par­tic­i­pat­ing in the im­ple­men­ta­tion and re­sourc­ing (cash or in-kind) of the Sur­rey Work­place


• Sub­mit a draft copy of the Sur­rey Work­place Strat­egy to the Prov­ince for the Prov­ince’s re­view, make any changes to the ma­te­rial that may be re­quested by the Prov­ince and ob­tain the Prov­ince’s ap­proval of the fi­nal ver­sion prior to the dis­sem­i­na­tion of the fi­nal Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy;

• Com­plete a fi­nal Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy and an Ex­ec­u­tive Sum­mary of the Project to sub­mit to the Project Steer­ing Com­mit­tee;

• De­velop and launch a Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy com­mu­ni­ca­tion plan in­clud­ing pre­sen­ta­tion of it to stake­hold­ers at a com­mu­nity event; and

• Tran­si­tion the Project Steer­ing Com­mit­tee into an on­go­ing Sur­rey Work­force Strat­egy Coun­cil.

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