Auto Sector Launches ‘One Stop Shop’ Careers Website
Prince George, B.C. – A new strategy aimed at addressing the pending skills shortage in B.C.’s automotive sector was unveiled in Prince George today.
It includes a high school outreach program, a comprehensive human resources strategy, an extensive industry employee handbook and most notably, a new centralized website (www.bcautocareers.ca).
The strategy was driven by a $100,000 grant provided to the B.C. Automotive Sector Alliance (BCASA) by the provincial government back in 2013.
“The average age in this sector as a whole is 55,” said Jobs Minister Shirley Bond this morning. “And what that tells us is that there is going to be a significant transition period here pretty soon where people will be moving on to the next phase of their lives.”
As a result she said that will likely translate into about a 30% turnover rate in the coming years which is where the new website comes in.
“It’s a one-stop shop. So if you are an employer and you are looking for employees these employees will be able to go to the site and find out what jobs are available,” said Bond.
Along with job postings in a variety of career options, the site also includes job profiles and training information.
Blair Qualey, president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC, calculated the pending skills shortage means the industry will need upwards of 20,000 skilled workers in the coming decade.
He says those jobs will range from mechanics, technicians and sales people, to customer service professionals, accountants, business administrators and managers.
“With an unprecedented number of available job positions in the coming years, we want young people to know about the exciting careers in our industry and the resources available to them,” said Qualey.
“That is why we are in Prince George today, participating in TeenFest (at the Civic Centre) and promoting our new website that connects jobs to people in the North and across B.C. Job seekers at any stage of their career should visit the website.”