Study Highlights BC Labour Market Information Needs

Posted on 31 May 2017

Findings from a new study by APEGBC and its partners  about key occupations that support the Asia Pacific Gateway will enhance employers’ recruitment activities for engineers, geoscientists, technologists and technicians.

Digging Deeper: Understanding the Engineering, Geoscientist, Technologist, and Technicians Labour Market in the Asia Pacific Gateway follows up on the Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians Labour Market Information study released in 2015, which provided a 10-year forecast for important labour market supply and demand information on 31 engineering, geoscience, technology, and technical occupations.

Digging Deeper focuses on four key areas, including understanding how occupations are dispersed across the disciplines, how the occupations work together in teams, and how new workers enter these occupations. The study also explored the extent to which BC expertise is exported to support projects overseas and how that expertise is valued here at home.  

Key findings identify a need to improve methodologies and processes used to model labour market changes and information forecasting for engineering, geoscience, technology, and technical workers in Canada’s economy.  

A better understanding of the workers in these occupations was also identified, as well as what employers’ needs and expectations are in the labour market. The research sheds light on the work environment, team structures and professional demands of the occupations in question. In turn, this information will help employers strategize how they can recruit and retain workers, and improve business productivity and profitability.

Engineering, geoscience, technology, and technical occupations are critical to supporting Canada’s Asia Pacific Gateway, a major driver in BC’s economy. While the study applies to BC, the findings are relevant to other jurisdictions in Canada.

Digging Deeper is a partnership between the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - BC, and the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.

Download Digging Deeper: Understanding the Engineering, Geoscientist, Technologist, and Technicians Labour Market in the Asia Pacific Gateway.

Read about the 2015 Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians Labour Market Information study.


 
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