WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) has released the results of a survey it recently conducted on workforce related barriers and the daily challenges employers face attracting and retaining workers.
The main challenge, according to survey respondents, was a lack of applications to posted job positions. Worker reliability was also cited as an issue, stemming from new hires not having a driver’s license or reliable transportation to jobsites.
Lack of heavy construction programs was another common theme, according to the survey.
“Unlike apprenticeship programs, we do not have a formal ladder to follow when moving up in the industry, and respondents said this is perhaps one aspect that could be promoted more through introductory or awareness sessions at the high school level,” an MHCA release stated.
The MHCA is holding a sector workforce summit in the fall hosted by the provincial government where the release stated the issues raised by the survey will be discussed.
The summit will be organized by the economic development, investment and trade department, which asked stakeholder organizations to produce recommendations for action, the release said.