Shortage of Skilled workers in Alberta, Canada
Rona Ambrose, Public Works Minister said that Alberta is facing shortage of skilled workers and it has become a topic of concern for Federal Budget.
The Minister said that Government of Canada has increased the level of Immigration quota for Alberta but still the employers in this region are facing the shortage of skilled workers.
Lance Mortlock, Senior Manager of E&Y’s Oil and Gas predicted that at present Alberta will face a Shortage of 77,000 workers in future as large number of baby boomers will be reaching to retirement. He warned that in coming future the businesses will be in difficult situations due to shortage of skilled workers. The key challenge before the business is to attract and retain large number of skilled along with provided training.
According to a survey, there will be shortage of field engineers, project managers, drilling services workers, geosciences workers and individuals in several other trades. To solve the huge scarcity of workers many firms are resorting to immigrant workers.
Rona Ambrose said, an excellent solution to this problem could be in the form of increased training opportunities to people facing joblessness or those working below their potential. Ambrose said this will help the immigrants and the Canadians as well to get jobs based on their qualification and skill sets. Canadians that are living in the other regions and are still unemployed should be motivated to come to Alberta to solve the problem of shortage workers.