The Kootenay Regional Workforce Table, a regionally-driven group consisting of key leaders from the region has been established to develop a Regional Skills Training Plan to address labour shortages and skills gaps.
Table members include industry, employers, First Nations, educators, training service providers, economic development organizations and others from the East and West Kootenay Regions.
The aim of the Workforce Table is to establish how to best align training programs to meet regional needs. The Table will apply the knowledge and expertise of its members as well as input from stakeholder focus group sessions to identify economic development opportunities and to make recommendations on training programs to meet the demand for jobs in the area. Funding is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement.
Supported by Columbia Basin Trust, focus groups took place in a variety of East and West Kootenay locations in February and March to allow business and industries in the Kootenays voice their concerns about labour force shortages and to provide any input and suggestions.