Manitoba's Building Boom Taps Into Available Skilled Trades



    Over 10,000 Workers Needed to Keep up with Construction

    WINNIPEG, June 23 /CNW/ - Robust construction activity across all sectors
has pushed employment of the skilled trades' workforce to record levels
according to the Construction Sector Council's latest forecast.
    "Never in the history of the province have we seen so many current and
planned projects," said John Schubert, President of the Winnipeg Construction
Association. "Our construction workforce is stretched and attracting more
young people, women and Aboriginals into construction trades is a must to keep
up."
    The information is contained in the Construction Sector Council's (CSC)
fourth annual edition of "Construction Looking Forward," a detailed forecast
of labour market trends from 2008 to 2016 in Manitoba.
    Manitoba's construction industry employs almost 22,000 workers. As many
as 6,000 new workers are required to keep pace with new projects. Another
4,500 workers are needed to replace retiring baby boomers between now and
2016.
    "We need to recruit and train workers in every sector," said David
Martin, Executive Director of the Manitoba Building and Construction Trades
Council. "The challenge now is to make sure apprenticeship and other training
programs meet the demand for skilled workers. Many colleges are rising to the
challenge with more innovate methods to deliver skills training."
    The report shows an unprecedented number of new construction projects
including the Trans Canada and Enbridge pipelines, the Manitoba Floodway and
new wind, ethanol, and hydroelectric power plants. In addition, there are a
number of infrastructure projects scheduled for development including the
Winnipeg water treatment plant and highway construction throughout the
province.
    "This is great news for Manitoba," said Mike Moore, President of the
Manitoba Home Builders' Association. "Our residential construction industry
continues to grow at an unprecedented rate and employment opportunities are
tremendous".
    As one of the largest industries in Canada, construction employs more
than a million Canadians. National employment across the entire construction
industry has risen by a record 39% over the past five years.

    The Construction Sector Council is a national organization committed to
developing a highly skilled workforce - one that will support the future needs
of the construction industry in Canada. Created in April of 2001, and financed
by both government and industry, the CSC is a partnership between labour and
business.

    The CSC's "Construction Looking Forward" national and regional forecasts
provide colleges, labour and industry with accurate information on labour
supply and demand to support the future needs of the construction industry in
Canada.

    For a copy of the Manitoba labour market forecast visit our website:
    www.csc-ca.org

    This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council
    Program





For further information:

For further information: David Martin, Executive Director, Manitoba
Building and Construction Trades Council, (204) 782-3832; Rosemary Sparks,
Construction Sector Council, (905) 852-9186

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