Summary

The purpose of this project was to improve the regional strategies that western Canadian governments are employing to combat the projected skills and labour shortage. The project focused on provincial and regional government initiatives to increase and improve recruitment and training, a particularly important feature in light of the fact that the provinces are largely in control of education and therefore have more impact on skills training initiatives. Project researchers discovered that while several western Canadian governments are addressing potential skill gaps, more can be done to facilitate cooperative training programs between industry, governments, and education-based organizations. They recommended more funding for programs and students to encourage skills training and ensure sufficient resources would be available to educate prospective workers. Improved transferability of credits between institutions was also cited as a means to improving regional job-training programs.