The province’s auto industry is taking steps to address an expected labor shortage.
One third of the province’s auto workers are over 55. This means there will job vacancies in the coming years. As Minister of Jobs, Skills and Tourism Shirley Bond explains the province is trying to be proactive in making sure the industry has enough skilled workers.
“One of the things we recognize in the auto sector in particular is the fact that there’s going to be a significant transition of workers who will leave their jobs and we’re going to need to fill the gaps. We anticipate about a 30 per cent transition rate. We think it’s incredibly important to understand the industry, figure out what the gaps are and how we’re going to close it.”
The province has created a web site to connect employers in the auto sector with those looking for work, www.bcautocareers.ca. Right now the website has more than 150 jobs listed.