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Future Kamloops labour shortage prompts planning

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September 16, 2016 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops could have a labour shortage by 2025, according to a study funded by the provincial government.

A partnership between Venture Kamloops and Community Futures Thompson Country aims to combat that workforce dilemma, according to a media release from the B.C. government.

A 2015 study by Venture Kamloops shows the most in-demand jobs in the region will be for tradespeople (5,200 jobs), healthcare workers (2,500 jobs), hospitality and tourism  workers (1,100 jobs), and administration, finance and clerical staff (4,300 jobs). Nearly half of all new hires between 2015 and 2025 will need some post-secondary education.

A committee to steer The Labour Market Attraction strategy for Kamloops has been assembled.

"The Labour Attraction Partnership is a logical next step for our organization to take in response to the labour force issues identified last year. We're excited to once again be partnering with the Province and Community Futures Thompson Country on a valuable collaborative project," Jim Anderson of Venture Kamloops says in the release.

The committee will meet with at least 100 local businesses before issuing a request for proposals. The consultant with the successful proposal will create a sector-specific report giving businesses strategies to increase the number of people moving to Kamloops to pursue employment.

The final report is set to be completed in June 2017.

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