As 2023 ends, it is a good time to reflect on the employment and career training landscape in BC. It was a great year for international credential recognition in the province and a roller coaster year for the individuals delivering community-based employment services. Here are five of my favourite reports and publications.
British Columbia Labour Market Outlook 2023 Edition
Published by the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills, the Labour Market Outlook, this gem is a must-read for everyone in our sector. Key insights include the primary sources of new labor supply, the necessity of post-secondary education for 75% of job openings, and five pivotal industries generating 55% of job opportunities. Love this work from our government colleagues.
Addressing the Market Labour Gap
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, along with the BC Chamber of Commerce, unveiled survey results highlighting a notable gap between employers and job seekers in the province. Employers face challenges in finding qualified candidates, while job seekers struggle with salary expectations. The report recommends bridging the gap between employers and job seekers. Community-based employment service providers know their communities like no other and would be the perfect ally in bridging this gap. Something to think about.
Career Development in 2040
CERIC's 2040 report outlines 10 critical workforce trends in Canada, emphasizing remote work, AI, and climate change. It underscores the need for career professionals to acquire skills like digital proficiency and climate coaching, making it essential reading for sector professionals nationwide. Such excellent work from CERIC and a great read.
Performance Review Report 2022-2023: International Credential Recognition
If you've been following ASPECT news, you know about the provincial government's $1.5 million International Credential Recognition Fund. This insightful read delves into the background of BC's initiative, explaining how it addresses challenges for internationally trained professionals and introduces new legislation to streamline credential recognition, removing barriers to target work.
ChatGPT: Organizational and Labour Implications
In 2023, generative artificial intelligence, notably ChatGPT, took centre stage. The Conference Board of Canada, in collaboration with the Future Skills Centre, explores the impact on writing and programming roles. Recommendations stress understanding tools, assessing risks, driving workplace efficiency, and implementing use policies. As we enter 2024, the "vanishing AI" era, continuous learning and adaptation remain essential.
Whether you're dedicating the holidays to loved ones or catching up on work, it’s a good time to reflect. Let us appreciate the positive impact our sector made on communities and the province. This is the inaugural year of Community Employment Service Providers Week, celebrated November 6 to 10 province-wide, honouring those who empower people in BC to secure meaningful employment and build brighter futures.
The ASPECT team and I wish you a wonderful holiday and all the best for the new year!
Janet Morris-Reade, CEO