The Vancouver Island/Coast region is affected by seasonality and retention challenges, and compared to other parts of the province, they will have a higher percentage of jobs opening up due to retirements. By 2028, it is anticipated that the region will have 20,100 job openings. The food & beverage, recreation and entertainment, and transportation sectors will be the hardest hit.
A VIEW INTO VANCOUVER ISLAND/COAST’S LABOUR MARKET:
Discover the unique challenges facing the Vancouver Island/Coast region with insights from local operators, like the Wickaninnish Inn and WildPlay Element Parks, as well as Tourism Vancouver Island and go2HR.
“Our training programs provide staff with the fences they can move within. Because they’re managing a high risk environment, they like to know how to do it, the best way they possibly can. I think that gives them some comfort and also gives them a great deal of pride.”
– Tom Benson, CEO, WildPlay Element Parks
AT A GLANCE:
Which occupations will be the most in demand and face the most shortages? Check out the top occupations below or view WorkBC’s full regional profile to learn more.
Top Occupations in Demand
|Type||Occupations||New Job Openings 2018-2028|
|Management and Supervisory||Restaurant and Food Service Managers||1,300|
|Accommodation Service Managers||600|
|Food Service Supervisors||300|
|Bus Drivers and Other Transit Operators||600|
|Program Leaders/Instructors in Recreation and Sport||700|
|Front Line / Entry Level||Food Counter Attendants and Kitchen Helpers||2,000|
|Food and Beverage Servers||1,300|
|Light Duty Cleaners||600|
IDEAS & RESOURCES:
Vancouver Island – Press Release
Baby Boomers: Tap into the best kept secret labour pool in the tourism industry
Six Tips to Help Retain Skilled Seasonal Workers
The Return on Investment of Training: A step-by-step approach
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