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Workforce Conference and Job Fair at TRU on Sept. 27

The event is being organized by the Kamloops and District Chamber of Commerce, Venture Kamloops and WorkBC
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The Kamloops and District Chamber of Commerce, Venture Kamloops and WorkBC have teamed up to host the inaugural Workforce Conference and Job Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The job fair will be focused on attracting, recruiting and retaining talent locally and internationally for the Kamloops market.

The one-day event will take place on the second floor of the Grand Hall at Thompson Rivers University Grand Hall. It will begin at 7:45 a.m. and feature three panel discussions addressing workforce dynamics, keynote speaker Christian Saint Cyr (the national director of Labour Market Solutions) and an afternoon job fair.

Registration can be done online through the Chamber's website at kamloopschamber.ca.

The $50 event delegate admission includes breakfast, lunch and access to all thee panel sessions and the job fair. Employers can register to hold a job fair table for $25. Attending the job fair portion of the event, which will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is free to the public. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with employers looking to fill positions within the trades, not-for-profit, security and retail fields, among others.

Acacia Pangilinan, executive director of the Chamber, said the WorkBC Labour Market August 2022 report noted the B.C. unemployment rate was at 4.8 per cent and at five per cent in the Thompson-Okanagan region.

“Our local employers are struggling to find qualified staff to meet their needs and the pressure is continuing to mount,” Pangilinan said. “The number of Baby Boomers exiting the labour force over the coming decade is outpacing the number of new workers entering the workforce.”

Nicole Bruce, Venture Kamloops economic development office, said the agency regularly hears from employers that they are not getting the same success from their regular recruitment efforts.

“This conference is another step in our combined effort to connect employers with the tools, resources and organizations to help with their hiring needs, so they remain competitive in this tight labour market,” Bruce said. “We will talk about everything from local talent pools to international economic immigration, so employers understand what is available to them regardless of the type of talent they are seeking.”

Anjali Aman, community and employment engagement manager with the Open Door Group, noted September is Disability Employment Month in B.C.

“And this year, in particular, marks the province’s ongoing efforts in implementing the AccessibleBC Act,” Aman said.

As of Sept. 1, the AccessibleBC Regulation requires more than 750 organizations to develop an accessibility committee, accessibility plan and public feedback tool.

Aman said the conference will broaden employers’ reach and access to a largely untapped workforce ready and able to work.