Purpose of the Project

Food and Beverage manufacturing and processing is now the largest component of British Columbia’s manufacturing industry. The main goal of the BC Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing Sector Labour Market Partnership (SLMP), formed between industry and government, is to address the significant skills shortages faced by food and beverage companies in British Columbia.

Overview

Not only is food and beverage consumption essential to human survival, it has also become a defining characteristic of our culture and a key component of our social interaction and entertainment. The sector is also important economically, even more so, now that is has become the largest sector in British Columbia’s diverse manufacturing industry

The sector, like others, is facing some barriers to further growth. Availability of skilled labour remains a major concern and industry players have come together to collaborate on finding solutions to common challenges.

Labour Market Partnerships have five phases and the Food and Beverage project is currently in Phase 1 – Sector Engagement.

More information on the current phase can be found below:

Additional Phase Information

PHASE 2. LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION: The objectives of Phase 2 of the BC Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing Sector Labour Market Partnership are:
  • Identify workforce challenges impacting industry
  • Deepen understanding of workforce issues
  • Conduct research to establish facts
TIMING:
FROM: March 2018
TO: September 2018
STATUS:

This phase of the project has not yet started.

PHASE 1. SECTOR ENGAGEMENT: The objectives of Phase 1 of the BC Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing 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:February 2017
TO:August 2017
FINAL REPORT:

Download the Phase 1 Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing Sector Engagement Report (2017)

foodbev-p1-report

Phase 1: BC Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing Engagement Report
August 2017
File size – 1.9 MB

Alternate Download Location: WorkBC Short-link for Social Media: mfgbc.org/2FW06Ca
PHASE 2. LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION: The objectives of Phase 2 of the BC Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing Sector Labour Market Partnership are:
  • - Identify workforce challenges impacting industry - Deepen understanding of workforce issues - Conduct research to establish facts
TIMING: FROM: March 2018 TO: September 2018 STATUS: This phase of the project has not yet started.

Benefits for the Sector

Industry and government will collaborate to address employer concerns surrounding skills shortages, training and development gaps, labour cost competitiveness, and overall worker availability and accessibility.

The SLMP will collect data to inform a strategy that addresses the needs of industry.

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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