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CHBA-CI unveils a one-stop shop for industry workers

The Canadian Home Builders-Central Interior (CHBA-CI) is using a new tool to keep its clients connected with potential hires at a time demand in the job market is outweighing supply.
CHBC CI Jere Lorenz- Progress 2022
Jere Lorenz is the president of the Canadian Home Builders Association - Central Interior, the voice of professional residential construction in the area.

The Canadian Home Builders-Central Interior (CHBA-CI) is using a new tool to keep its clients connected with potential hires at a time demand in the job market is outweighing supply.

In October 2021, the local chapter added a member-exclusive online job board in response to labour shortages across all areas of their industry due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The job board makes for a one-stop-shop for people who may have been off work during the pandemic to see what opportunities exist as the industry returns to normal.

“A lot of people were working from home, a lot of people went on government subsidies, now we have to bring the people back,” CHBA-CI president Jere Lorenz said.

The online tool has been in place about five months, helping get the word out about job opportunities amongst the CHBA-CI’s 230-plus members.

There’s a voracious need at the moment for those affiliated with the residential construction industry and the job board doesn’t cater to just one type of position, with opportunities available for labourers, project managers and administrative staff alike. It is not a place for purely construction jobs as opportunities could present themselves at other member organizations, such as lumber mills, financial institutions or supply stores.

“If someone’s looking for any type of job — a carpenter, a framer, it could be a tile setter, a warehouse employee — it’s a good way to connect with all builders and suppliers, sub-trades, because everybody is in the same situation, looking for employees,” Lorenz said.

The CHBA-CI job board can be found under the membership tag on the organization’s website and on all member websites, with job listings that can be sorted by date and type of work.

Users of the site can also post their resumes and receive email notifications.

Prior to the job board being implemented, there was no all-inclusive space to search industry-specific jobs amongst CHBA-CI members in the industry, leaving job opportunities siloed.

The board has brought that information together so prospective workers can see who’s hiring, what type of positions are out there and where, Lorenz told KTW.

He said the idea to share job information through the online page came about at a recent CHBA-CI board meeting as everyone was in the same situation of needing workers.

Lorenz said the job board is coming along, but knows it will take time for word to spread about it and the resource picks up steam.

The Canadian Home Builders' Association-Central Interior is the voice of professional residential construction in the B.C. Interior.