Northern Lights College is embarking on conducting a Northeast Regional Labour Market Strategy, with funding from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
A labour market strategy was previously compiled in 2012.
“I think lot’s changed in the last seven years, and other regions across British Columbia are updating their labour market information, and so we feel, or we felt like the timing was right to do something here,” said Todd Bondaroff, Associate Vice President of Student Services and Community Relations.
“It all kind of made sense to complete a strategy, to do the research, write up some reports.”
The strategy will cover all the way from the South Peace to Fort Nelson. (The first part of the work got underway in Fort Nelson Monday).
Some of the goals of the study are to determine the key labour market issues in Northeast BC, and to update the regional skills training strategy. It will also examine ways to increase labour market postsecondary skills training participation, secondary skills training of indigenous persons and immigrants.
“Not only does it help us describe what the labour market is looking for, it also describes what kind of training needs are going to be,” says Bondaroff.
Ingenia Consulting is the main consultant hired to do the work, which will largely consist of face-to-face interviews with communities, industry, local businesses, First Nations to name a few.
This month sees the kickoff of interviews and site dates, which will go into July. (The contract was formally awarded April 1 of this year). In August, they will begin compiling and analyzing the data. November 30 is the date eyed for a draft final report, before final report for December 20.
“Part of this also reviewing what’s already out there, and there are organizations in our region that are always kind of keeping an eye on what the labour market is doing, so this isn’t about us doing something in isolation, so a big part of this, and something that our consultants will be working on is gathering up as much information that’s already out there and how can we share it as well,” says Bondaroff.