Labour Market Research Report

A Workforce Strategy for Alberta’s Building Sector: Building Capacity to Attract, Develop and Retain Energy Efficiency Talent

2022 marks the beginning of multi-stakeholder efforts to address sector talent issues, and this strategy is a product of these discussions. The talent strategy provides industry associations and individual employers with a framework for industry-led solutions to build the labour force needed to support long-term growth.

It is also a starting point for continued engagement intended to implement solutions and refine the strategy as progress is achieved and priorities change.  The development of the strategy has been informed by labour market information that provides timely, relevant and credible data and insights. Labour market information will continue to be collected and shape the strategy.   

Building sector employers were surveyed through May and June 2022 to understand their talent issues, staffing plans and practices. 43 employers of varying sizes and sub-sectors responded to the survey:

  • Approximately 85% of employers indicated the intention to increase or maintain energy efficiency staffing levels over the next 6 to 12 months
  • Challenges finding qualified candidates for certain energy efficiency occupations were reported and expected to continue, including:
    • Energy managers, modellers, specialists, and advisors
    • Design and engineering professionals
    • Construction management and onsite supervisors
    • Construction and related trade workers
    • Quality control and assurance specialists
    • Information technology (IT) specialists
    • Regulatory specialists and officers

 

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide
employment support programs and services.

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