FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 22, 2016
VANCOUVER, BC – Monday’s BC Restaurant Talks discussion took on the challenge of Hiring, Recruiting & BC’s Labour Shortage. Industry insiders gathered to hear an up to date assessment of the true shortage by go2HR’s Debbie Yule followed by strategies for recruiting by InspiredHR’s Debby Carreau, retention by BCRFA’s HR advisor Gillian MacGregor and available government programs from BC’s Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training’s Shannon Renault. The presentations will be available to members on BCRFA’s website later this week.
“With increasing shortages in key positions including chefs and cooks, we know operators urgently need access to real solutions,” said BCRFA president and CEO Ian Tostenson. Through the session, we identified places to start:
– Canada Job Grant (CJG) program: CJG offers funding up to $15,000 to train unemployed candidates, or shared funding for training existing staff ($5,000 for employer, $10,000 from CJB. For more details: https://www.workbc.ca/Employer-Resources/Canada-BC-Job-Grant.aspx
– National job fairs: Businesses looking to target candidates across the country can join go2HR on strategic missions to job fairs across the country. Other provinces aren’t facing the shortages that we are and potential employees looking for seasonal work are encouraged and excited to travel to our region. www.go2hr.ca
– Call for help: Gillian MacGregor and Debby Carreau offer access to their invaluable expertise as a BCRFA member benefit.
BC Restaurant Talks offers a series of power sessions that tackle difficult issues. The next sessions will be held in Vancouver in August and in Kelowna on Monday September 19th.