In training

A skills training plan is being launched to help Rossland businesses ensure they have enough skilled workers.

A skills training plan is being launched to help Rossland businesses and others across the Kootenays ensure they have enough skilled workers to full current and future jobs.

The Kootenay Regional Workforce Table has completed a skills training plan that focuses on aligning existing training programs to local jobs.

The plan was pulled together by employers, labour, First Nations, training service providers, economic development organizations, educators and others and identified key opportunities in the region and the training needed to address them.

The Kootenay skills training plan is available on the College of the Rockies website: http://www.cotr.bc.ca/docs/KootenayRegionalSkillsTrainingPlan.pdf

As part of the work, the regional workforce table conducted a review and analysis of regional labour market demand and supply, local training opportunities and potential gaps in regional training.

Key training priorities for the region include:

• Strengthening and building regional industry, education and community collaboration.

• Enhancing training related to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

• Helping lower-skilled people upgrade and improve their skills.

• Continuing to ensure that local training is aligned to workforce needs.

More information on the workforce tables is available at: www.jtst.gov.bc.ca/regionalworkforcetables/.