Regional Workforce Development in Rural BC – Resources & Outputs

Overview

The overarching goal of the Regional Workforce Development in Rural BC project is to collectively assess comparative workforce development strategies in ways that inform future policy, planning, and action in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region of southeast BC.

Led by Dr. Terri MacDonald, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, and facilitated by Selkirk College and College of the Rockies through the Kootenay Workforce Development Initiative, this project brings together the region’s educators, elected officials, policy makers, economic development practitioners, industry, students, and leading scholars to:

  • examine workforce development challenges and opportunities;
  • facilitate and mobilize knowledge, analysis and emerging discussions;
  • generate new research questions and dialogues; and
  • provide opportunity for the engagement, networking, and capacity building of highly qualified personnel.

Click here for a detailed overview of the project.

 

Events

  • Building a 21st Century Workforce Development Learning Summit. Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Agenda
    • Summary of Lessons, Ideas, Opportunities

Presentations, Webinars & Videos

  • Building a 21st Century Work “Place” in Rural British Columbia. Building a 21st Century Workforce Learning Summit, Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Sean Markey. (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • Rural Immigration & Welcoming Communities. Building a 21st Century Workforce Learning Summit, Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Ryan Gibson. (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • Rural Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Building a 21st Century Workforce Learning Summit, Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Heather Hall. (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • Work Force Training in Disruptive Industry. Building a 21st Century Workforce Learning Summit, Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Amber Hayes. (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • UBC School of Engineering. Building a 21st Century Workforce Learning Summit, Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Lukas Bichler. (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • Broadband, Technology and Our Future Workforce. Building a 21st Century Workforce Learning Summit, Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Wayne Kelly. (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • The 21st Century Forest Industry Workforce. Building a 21st Century Workforce Learning Summit, Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Scott Weatherford. (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • Workforce Development Conditions & Trends in the Basin-Boundary Region. Building a 21st Century Workforce Learning Summit, Nelson, BC. June 19, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Terri MacDonald.  (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • Cluster-Based Meets Place-Based: Designing Workforce Innovation in BC’s Interior, Colleges and Institutes Canada Conference, Ottawa ON. May 2, 2017.
    •  Presenter:  Terri MacDonald & Rhys Andrews.  (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)
  • Building Competitive Clusters in the Columbia Basin-Boundary Region, Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments, Rossland, BC. April 26, 2017.
    • Presenter:  Terri MacDonald.  (Powerpoint)  (Video Recording)

Knowledge Briefs

  • Rural Workforce Development Strategies – overview of challenges in workforce development and strategies that practitioners can take to reduce the skills and training gap.
  • Regional Innovation – overview of key innovation concepts relevant to regional economic development in rural regions.
  • Education & Innovation – highlighting some of the potential ways for post-secondary institutions to contribute to regional innovation in rural regions.
  • Forestry Workforce Development
  • Mining Workforce Development

Labour Market Profiles

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Forestry
  • Mining
  • Tourism

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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