Published On: Thursday, 26 November 2015

Labour Market Study Indicates Worker Shortage

SOUTH CARBIOO - On October 30th Venture Kamloops and R.A. Malatest & Associates presented the results of the labour market study conducted for the region to a crowd in 100 Mile House.

Venture Kamloops contracted R.A. Malatest & Associates to conduct a labour market study on their behalf and project partners BCLC, Community Futures Thompson Country, Domtar, KGHMAjax, Kinder Morgan, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, Thomson Rivers University, Thomson- Nicola Regional District and Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. Venture Kamloops required a labour market study of the BC Interior to provide detailed information on the current and projected labour market in this area.

The study assessed the nature and extent if the labor market in in the subject region. As a result of this study, stakeholders in the region and the general public will gain a deeper understanding of the labour market trends education and training requirements, and anticipate labour market needs within the next 10 years.

The communities that were included in the regional study were Kamloops, Barriere, Aschcroft, Cache Creek, Chase, Clearwater, Clinton, Logan lake, Lytton, Merritt, Sun Peaks, Valemount, and 100 Mile House. Regions were allocated to aggregated geographical areas. In conclusion of the study, all areas will have a labour market shortage within the next 10 years. Presenters of the study stressed that the findings are based on a conservative view with the absence of any large projected capital projects.

To view the full finding of the study visit: www.venturekamloops.com. A breakdown of labour market highlights for each community is included in the report. The 100 Mile House area had a very strong participation rate in the study.

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The Annual Santa Claus Parade and Moonlight Madness Shopping extravaganza in 100 Mile House will start with the parade at 6:00pm! Enjoy the festive evening with your families.

- Shelly Morton is Executive Director of the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce, which covers from Clinton to Lac La Hache, including 100 Mile House. She can be contacted at manager@southcariboochamber.org or 250-395-6124.