Provincial Funding to Support Forestry Sector
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government has formed a new partnership that will address recruitment and skills assessment needs in the forest industry.
It was announced last night at the Prince George Community Dinner hosted by the Council of Forest Industries (COFI).
The Province has teamed up with the B.C. Safety Council (BCFSC) and the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) on two new Forest Workforce projects.
Victoria has invested over $530,000, through the Sector Labour Market Partnership program (LMP), to BCFSC to lead the Forest Sector Workforce Initiative Competency Standards Project and to COFI to lead the Forest Workforce Initiative Recruitment Project.
The goal of the Forest Sector Workforce Initiative Competency Standards Project is to enhance worker safety and allow employers to evaluate worker qualifications for careers in silviculture, integrated harvesting and resource road building.
Work started in July on the project and is projected to be complete by spring 2018.
Funding for the Forest Workforce Initiative Recruitment Project will be used to research existing career information and to identify gaps as well as materials to help the recruitment of new workers. This project is expected to finish in January 2017.
“The forest sector is the backbone of more than 140 rural communities and continues to offer quality, family supporting jobs,” said Forests Minister Steve Thomson. “This funding will help with recruitment of the skilled workforce needed to fill the many positions that are opening up.”
According to the Province, the forest sector employed 65,500 jobs in 2015.