Building a Better Construction Industry by Improving Workers' Skills

By Moore, Mike | Winnipeg Free Press, May 26, 2012 | Go to article overview

Building a Better Construction Industry by Improving Workers' Skills


Moore, Mike, Winnipeg Free Press


In January 2009, five partners with a commitment to strengthen the skills of the province's construction-sector workforce joined together to form the Manitoba Construction Sector Council.

With funding from the governments of Manitoba and Canada, the MCSC's mandate is to address the human resource needs of Manitoba's construction industry. The council exists to promote the benefits of working in construction and to provide opportunities throughout the industry to upgrade skills.

The MCSC's founding members are some heavy-hitters in the industry. The Manitoba Home Builders' Association, the Winnipeg Construction Association, the Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council, the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba and the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association represent upwards of 1,600 member companies and 14 building trades unions representing more than 5,000 members.

Ensuring the industry's workforce keeps up with Manitoba's huge skills and labour demands requires a multi-faceted strategy. The MCSC has a three-pronged approach to labour-force development: a focus on professional skills development for the industry's current workforce; outreach into the community through high schools and career expos to promote the industry to the workforce of tomorrow; and through projects designed to link under-represented groups to employment in the industry. …

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