Measuring Skills in Construction (2007)

This document outlines a model for gathering labour market information at the in-depth level of skills, rather than simply tracking the number of workers available by occupation and the number of positions that need to be filled.

The model was designed and tested by the Construction Sector Council (CSC), now known as BuildForce Canada.

The project included assessing the skills needed in five trades – plumbers, bricklayers, equipment operators, electricians, and carpenters – and then conducting in-depth interviews with employers, workers, and trainers in two of the five trades, carpenters and electricians, to discover their views on the model and its effectiveness.

The preliminary skill assessments were based on the supply of skills available in the workforce, and the on-the-job skills required by employers; groups of skills, such as Essential Skills, technical skills, and management/supervisory skills; and the breadth and depth of skills in each area. The assessments were sent to more than 35 contractors, trainers and workers in the carpenter trade and in the electrical trade.

Their feedback was obtained through telephone interviews and face-to-face meetings, where stakeholders were asked 12 questions about the preliminary description of skills, and then two broader questions about the potential for extending the skills model to other trades.

In general, the model was readily understood and covered most of the skills for the trades tested.

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