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New OGCA report targets project managers, supervisor shortage

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New OGCA report targets project managers, supervisor shortage

TORONTO — The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) has released a new report outlining potential solutions to address labour shortages among project managers and site supervisors in the ICI construction industry.

General contractors have repeatedly identified a sector-wide workforce shortage of skilled candidates for these leadership roles, stated a Dec. 6 release. The report is titled Building Pathways and Pipelines into ICI Construction.

Between August and October of 2021, the OGCA initiated a research, consultation and co-design process to develop an industry-supported action plan to address the shortage of project managers and site supervisors.

The approach took two phases: the first phase was participatory research to understand better the shortage and its impacts on general contractors, and the second was the creation of the Workforce Action Group, an 11-member consultation group of OGCA members.

The report highlights six potential solutions to the manager workforce shortage.

“Our members have highlighted the need to create a pathway into these long-term, well-paying construction careers,” said Giovanni Cautillo, president of the OGCA, in a statement. “This report outlines steps we as an industry can take to access the untapped talent of under-represented groups such as women, youth and indigenous communities while developing pathways for existing employees to grow into these in-demand leadership roles.

“We also wanted to focus on removing barriers facing those potentially interested in pursuing a career as a project manager or site supervisor.”

The report is available on the OGCA website.

The Daily Commercial News will have more on this story.

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