Presentation on theme: "Canada’s Labour Market Challenges A View from Canadian Industry."— Presentation transcript:
Canada’s Labour Market Challenges A View from Canadian Industry
Manufacturing 20/20 98 meetings involving more than 3,500 manufacturers and stakeholders Input from 15 industry associations Cross-country survey of 942 manufacturers in 2005 National Manufacturing Summit Report on Workforce Capabilities
Competing in World Markets Global markets – Global competition Competitors, partners, & customers around the world Global value chains & business networks – Supply chains compete Global sourcing – products, services, technology, information, capital, people Success depends on delivering customer value = knowledge embodied in products, services, and production processes Business as usual is not an option – New determinants of competitive success New workforce requirements – skills and capabilities
Future Competitive Advantage? Focus on Customer Success Mastering global supply chains Knowledge management Specialized products & services Innovation – Continuous commercialization of new and improved products & processes New technologies & automation systems New business models and global value networks New market opportunities Agility & Customization Customer Value – Design, Engineering, Service, Financing Time – Product Development to Customer Response
2020 Workforce Capabilities A mix of creative problem-solving capabilities, technical know- how, business skills, and an ability to interact with colleagues and customers; A higher degree of technical and technological expertise as production systems become more automated and more interconnected, and as workplaces incorporate advanced technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, microelectronics, and robotics; Continued reliance on the skilled trades, but in combination with other technical and business skills;
2020 Workforce Capabilities A greater reliance on manufacturing and product engineering, product and process design, and scientific research; Multilingual and multicultural skills, as business operations expand on a more global basis; Management skills in the fields of manufacturing processes, supply chains, product and knowledge development, financing, and global business; and, Agility, Teamwork, Problem-Solving – an ability to adapt easily to constantly-changing roles in a constantly-changing workplace and to work together to provide solutions for customers.
It’s all about… “Competing & Winning in the Global Marketplace … where your competitor is only One mouse-click away on your customer’s computer.” Vision – Customer success Culture – Lean thinking everywhere Leadership – Generating & sustaining followers Management – Achieving results through people Thriving on Change – Sustaining Success
A Changing Workforce The average age in Canada’s manufacturing workforce is 48. Manufacturing employment has increased by 15% over the past 10 years. The number of employees under the age of 45 has increased by 7%. An estimated 255,000 people will retire from the manufacturing workforce by 2010. Two-thirds of manufacturing workers under the age of 35 have a post-secondary qualification. Over 27% of the manufacturing workforce are immigrants. Recent immigrants accounted for 166% of the net growth within the manufacturing workforce over the past decade.
Availability of Qualified Personnel 78% - an important factor affecting innovation 39% - a significant factor affecting business location decisions 37% - a strategic issues that will reshape manufacturing over the next 10 years 30% - a constraint on improving flexibility 28% - a constraint on performance improvement 26% - a constraint on developing export markets 20% - a constraint on bringing new products to market
Conclusions Success depends on achieving results through people. Effective management of workforce capabilities needs to be a strategic priority. Attraction, retention, skills development, mobilization are key issues. Above all other sectors, manufacturing depends on attracting and developing the capabilities of recent immigrants. Workforce challenges will only increase – particularly for smaller firms. Common problems – Local Solutions. Communication, Coordination, Collaboration.