May 16, 2018
Skilled Workforce Development
BC can expect a shortage of 14,000 skilled tradespeople
Skilled Workforce development is a cornerstone of BCCA’s strategic plan. For decades, BCCA has prioritized apprenticeship and managed many programs helping employers attract, develop and retain the skilled workers they need. We facilitate access to training and other resources to ensure the workforce reflects the diversity of our population. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunity to pursue and achieve a successful and rewarding construction career.
Our provincial skilled workforce programs include:
- LNGC Trades Training Fund
- LNG Canada Connect Program
- TransCanada Coastal Gas Link Connect
- BCCA Integrating Newcomers
- Builders Code
Read our stated policies on these issues:
Skilled Workforce Shortages:
BCCA has been a leader in developing our provincial skilled workforce for decades. According to BuildForce Canada’s latest report, BC can expect a shortage of 14,000 skilled tradespeople over the next few years*. Competition for skilled tradespeople and labourers is fierce and wages and benefits reflect the tight supply. This translates to increased costs on most projects.
BCCA manages several programs and services to alleviate the pressure by helping employers find the high quality employees they need and support them in training and career development:
These numbers do not yet include the LNG Canada Facility in Kitimat, which will bring 10,000 jobs and targets 2,500 apprentices.