Labour and skills shortages are the most pressing challenges facing manufacturers today. Through our many programs and services devoted to workforce development, CME helps manufacturers attract, retain and engage talent. We are also working to expand the labour pool; improve education programs; and lower the cost of on-the-job training.
EXPANDING THE SKILLED LABOUR POOL
As the driving force behind workforce development services targeted specifically to the needs of the sector, manufacturers can be confident that CME is here to help them grow with industry-specific guidance, supports and programs. These supports include advisory services, peer councils and connections with government, community partners, education and industry to produce, attract and retain current and future talent.
WHY IT MATTERS
Access to a large, high-quality workforce is critical to manufacturing success. It boosts productivity, competitiveness and profitability. It also drives innovation and is vital to taking the fullest advantage of new technologies and production methods. CME surveyed over 225 manufacturers from across Canada from small to large companies and the results are troubling:
- More than 85 per cent of manufacturers struggle to fill vacancies;
- Canada’s youth are increasingly unprepared and uninterested in working in manufacturing;
- Employers lack the capacity to invest in skills and training;
- Current immigration levels are simply not meeting Canada’s workforce needs, and;
- Labour and skills shortages are holding back manufacturing, and Canada’s economic prosperity.
IMPACT ON MANUFACTURERS
Labour and skills shortages are a major obstacle to operational efficiency, productivity, technology adoption, and innovation. CME’s bi-annual Management Issues Survey (MIS) tells us there are four main barriers preventing manufacturers from investing more in on-the-job training:
- They are too busy to afford the down time;
- They are concerned about losing their investment should their employees leave;
- The cost of training programs is high; and/or;
- There are no existing programs that fit their specific needs.
OUR ADVOCACY WORK
According to CME’s 2020 Management Issues Survey (MIS), skilled labour shortages is the most important issue facing manufacturers today. Companies are playing a growing role in workforce training because too few students are graduating from relevant programs; and because of the increasingly-specialized skills requirements for advanced technologies and production processes. Read our policy position papers, reports and learn more about our advocacy efforts on this front here.
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Labour and skills shortages are the most pressing challenges facing manufacturers today. CME is working to expand the labour pool; improve education programs; and lower the cost of on-the-job training through our research and advocacy efforts.