Primarily young, and increasingly less experienced, the seasonal silviculture workforce carries unique challenges regarding recruitment and retention of competent workers. With the majority of workers paid on a piece-work basis the workplace is strongly focused on production. These cultural features place a critical and immediate emphasis on the best selection, motivation, treatment and training of workers. Over the long term the industry needs to retain experienced career-oriented workers capable of managing workers and projects. To better understand the dynamics around labour in the sector the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association entered into a three-year Labour Market Partnership agreement with government. Its purpose was to measure and make better sense of the silviculture workforce and recommend constructive human resource strategies. The BC Silviculture Workforce Initiative, which concluded in 2015, provided various reports and much of the logic, data, and analysis that now inform the industry’s approach to improving human resource and workforce practices and planning.
The Western Forestry Contractors’ Association engaged Qatalyst Research Group to: • Undertake research on the composition of the labour force and workforce development issues related to recruitment and retention. This document is the final report summarizing the results of that research. • Develop a labour market strategy for the silviculture industry that is focused, pragmatic, … Read more
With next year’s 40-million seedling increase—almost all of it concentrated in the already busy spring planting window—all of us in B.C. reforestation, not just contractors, are headed into uncharted territory. It doesn’t mean we are all lost. But it does mean 2020, with its estimated total 308 million seedlings (or more), will not be a … Read more
Western Forestry Contractors’ Association Rumour Mill RoundUpDate, Volume 19 Issue 9 Western Forestry Contractors’ Association Rumour Mill RoundUpDate 14 June 2019 Volume 19 Issue 9 Warning: With next week’s solstice, days will start becoming shorter. Meanwhile all facts contained in this publication during the coming summer will remain the same length. That constancy is why … Read more
We have it on good authority that workers, being human, will eventually retire from the workforce. That being the case, the cross over point we are at now, where the population of older workers is greater than the younger workers available to replace them, raises some interesting questions. How do we fill the growing population … Read more
At this year’s Western Forestry Contractors’ Association annual conference we talked about work place harassment in an open forum. The session was revelatory and insightful. The proceedings from the session are now summarized into a set of key standouts and observations. They draw from the panelists candid remarks and the equal candour from the audience. … Read more