277,000 con­struc­tion work­ers needed within the next decade

The Daily Courier - - LABOUR DAY -

Sub­mit­ted by BC Build­ing Trades

Ac­cord­ing to BuildForce Canada, which mon­i­tors trends in the con­struc­tion sec­tor and pro­vides labour mar­ket in­tel­li­gence to in­dus­try, as many as 277,000 new con­struc­tion work­ers will be needed this decade alone to meet labour re­quire­ments and counter ris­ing re­tire­ment rates.

BuildForce rec­om­mends stepping up re­cruit­ment ef­forts aimed at new Cana­di­ans, women and Indige­nous work­ers to help man­age the short­age.

“Labour Day and the start of Septem­ber is a per­fect time for young peo­ple to start think­ing about ca­reer op­tions,” said Tom Sig­urd­son, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the BC Build­ing Trades. “A ca­reer in the skilled trades is well-paid and in de­mand.”

And all trades are not the same. From elec­tri­cian to car­pen­ter to plumber to in­su­la­tor to heavy equip­ment op­er­a­tor, there are op­tions for ev­ery in­ter­est and ap­ti­tude. The skilled trades short­age also means there will be no short­age of work in the com­ing years.

In fact, two up­com­ing pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects — the Pat­tullo Bridge re­place­ment and the widen­ing of High­way 1 be­tween Kam­loops and the B.C./Al­berta border — will mean hun­dreds of jobs. These pro­jects will be com­pleted un­der the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s new Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fits frame­work, which sets a goal of 25 per cent ap­pren­tices on the pro­jects.

“That means a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of work­ers who are new to the trades will have an op­por­tu­nity to build their prov­ince, and the skills they learn will help se­cure their fu­ture in the in­dus­try long af­ter the rib­bon has been cut mark­ing the com­ple­tion of each project.”

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