BC Apparel Sector Labour Market Partnership

BC Apparel Initiative

Purpose of the Project
 

The premium and performance apparel sector in BC is growing at exponential rates. The main goal of the BC Apparel Sector Labour Market Partnership (LMP), formed between industry and government, is to address the significant skills shortages faced by apparel companies in British Columbia. Complementary work, in parallel to the LMP, is also being done by industry players on other topics such as innovation, supply chain and global branding.

 
Overview
 

Apparel is estimated to be the fourth largest component of the province's manufacturing sector after food and beverage processing, value-added wood and paper manufacturing. This is the result of some keystone global brands, along with a thriving cluster of medium and boutique brands for high-end fashion, technical performance wear, athliesure wear and footwear.

The sector is facing some barriers to further growth and industry players have come together to collaborate on finding solutions to common challenges.

Labour Market Partnerships have five phases and the Apparel project is currently in Phase 3 - Strategy Development.

More information on the current phase and past phases can be found below:
PHASE 3. STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING:
 
The objectives of Phase 3 of the BC Apparel Sector Labour Market Partnership are:
  • Identify best practices and potential strategies to address workforce issues
  • Define and prioritize initiatives
  • Develop strategy
  • Establish success criteria for initiatives
  • Create project sustainability plan
 
TIMING:
 
FROM: February 2017
TO: August 2017
WORKING GROUPS:
 
Four working groups, one for each group of major themes identified in Phase 2, have been established to develop strategies to mitigate workforce challenges and address barriers to growth:
 
Group 1.The Role of Post-Secondary Training
 
Group 2.Resolving Industrial Sewing Capacity
 
Group 3.Immigration for Specialized Skills
 
Group 4.Improving Youth Engagement and Diversity
 
JOIN A GROUP:
Please contact us at the information given below if you would like to participate in a working group.
PHASE 2. LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION:
 
The objectives of Phase 2 of the BC Apparel Sector Labour Market Partnership were:
  • Identify workforce challenges impacting industry
  • Deepen understanding of workforce issues
  • Conduct research to establish facts
 
TIMING:
 
FROM: February 2016
TO: September 2016
FINAL REPORT:
 
SHORT CODE TO SHARE REPORT:
http://mfgbc.org/2nPPJtM
Alternate Download Location:
WorkBC
PHASE 1. SECTOR ENGAGEMENT:
 
The objectives of Phase 1 of the BC Apparel Sector Labour Market Partnership were:
  • Identify stakeholders
  • Build awareness and create engagement in the project
  • Develop a project framework and governance structure
  • Develop project scope and terms of reference for the research phase
 
TIMING:
 
FROM:September 2015
TO:December 2015
FINAL REPORT:
 
SHORT CODE TO SHARE REPORT:
http://mfgbc.org/2ofHFU7
Alternate Download Location:
WorkBC
 
Benefits for the Sector
 

Not counting those employed in retail positions, apparel businesses in British Columbia are reporting almost 9,000 anticipated vacancies by 2025. The LMP is an opportunity for apparel businesses to work together, with government support, to design and implement solutions to mitigate the skills shortages undermining the sector's competitiveness.

To Learn More Please Contact
 
Marcus Ewert-Johns
President & CEO
T: +1 (604) 900-1980 x110
M: +1 (778) 875-4889

marcus[at]manufacturingbc.org
Bernice Banguis
Manager, Operations
T: +1 (604) 900-1980 x111
M: +1 (778) 846-3807

bernice[at]manufacturingbc.org
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