ENHANCING WORKFORCE PERFORMANCE
Skills development is one of the keys to unlocking job potential. The timely supply of relevant skills is indispensable for successful transformations that boost productivity and efficiency, employment growth, and industry development.
GLOBE’s expertise in generating labour market information and conducting research in this area can help to identify gaps in terms of industry demand with respect to occupational standards and skill sets, as well as related gaps in education and training. GLOBE also has experience developing profiles of occupations and identifying related knowledge requirements, skill sets, and training needs.
BENEFITS OF LABOUR MARKET RESEARCH
- Ensures that labour supply meets demand in order to capitalize on domestic and international opportunities in different industry sectors.
- Improves overall economic competitiveness, innovation, and productivity levels, and addresses existing gaps in skills, education, and training.
- Allows for planning and strategy development with respect to potential labour shortages, recruitment, and retention.
- Provides an assessment of a regional labour market in terms of the skills and qualifications required for maximizing energy and resource efficiency and productivity, as well as for minimizing environmental impacts such as waste, pollution, habitat destruction, and greenhouse gas emissions.
HOW GLOBE ADVISORS CAN HELP
- Conducting in-depth quantitative and qualitative labour market research through targeted surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews.
- Generating employment estimates for existing occupations within specific industries / sectors and across regions;
- Developing labour demand and supply projections and scenarios for different industries / sectors.
- Identifying gaps in occupational standards, as well as in education and training programs, in-line with existing and emerging industry needs and requirements.
- Examining existing human resource capacity with respect to realizing regional economic development initiatives and/or export potential for clean technology products and services.
- Developing occupational profiles in-line with National Occupational Standards (NOS) and National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes.
PROJECT SUCCESS STORY
In 2013, GLOBE Advisors conducted research on behalf of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC (CHBA BC) and a number of industry stakeholders in order to explore apprenticeship and occupational trades training as it relates to the needs of the residential construction industry in British Columbia.
Research activities for the project included:
- A comprehensive analysis of statistical and labour market information (LMI) from publicly available sources including Statistics Canada, BC Statistics, the Construction Sector Council, and others;
- Developing a web-based industry survey with responses from more than 430 business owners, home builders, general contractors, sub-trades, and apprentices in the residential construction sector from across the province;
- Conducting more than 45 one-on-one interviews with industry associations and organizations, training providers, the Industry Training Authority (ITA), and the owners of residential contracting and specialty trades companies; and
- Hosting a series of six regional focus groups that brought together homebuilders and developers, specialty trade contractors, deans and instructors from several post-secondary institutions, and representatives from various industry associations and organizations to discuss industry trends; challenges and opportunities with respect to training and continuous learning; and alternative delivery models relevant to residential construction training.
- Hosting two “virtual focus groups” or interactive webinars which reached out to a wider audience of industry, training providers, and apprentices across the province to further validate the identified opportunities and challenges with respect to apprenticeship and training.
Our committee worked with GLOBE Advisors over the last six months in order to develop a snapshot for the residential construction industry, as well as conducting stakeholder consultations to address training needs and gaps. The team at GLOBE has done an excellent job researching the sector, documenting what they found, synthesizing that information into useable formats, and recommending key strategies to help our sector move forward successfully. Not only were they incredibly thorough, but they were also excellent project managers – ensuring that the work and the committee stayed on time, on budget, and on point.” – Kim Savage, Project Manager, Residential Construction LMP Committee