b'WCA NEWSPROVINCE RELEASES KEEP UP WITH WCA NEWSSKILLS STRATEGY Twitter.com/WCAnewsOn February 8, the Province of Manitoba released Manitobas Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy. The strategy includes four key areas of focus based on information gathered in public engagements:Anticipating skills needed for the futureAligning education and training to labour market needs and helping students succeedFostering entrepreneurial and innovative skills Growing, attracting and retaining talentWCA was particularly interested in aligning education needs for tomorrows workforce and helping students succeed. One of the immediate actions in the report is to help match employers to apprenticeships and this is a positive step. WCA often gets calls from people looking to begin an apprenticeship and would like to find a company to sponsor, so there is clearly a need for this work. CONSTRUCTIONHowever, recent changes to apprenticeships have displayed that communication from Apprenticeship Manitoba needsMATERIAL SHORTAGESto be improved. WCA would have preferred if the skillsAND PRICE INCREASESstrategy included references to a governance review conducted at Apprenticeship Manitoba in 2018 thatSeveral weeks ago, WCA mentioned we had been hearing looked at ways to improve communication with industryof material shortages affecting the industry. After hearing stakeholders. That review provided many recommendationsfrom some of our members, we would like to hear from the to improve Apprenticeship Manitobas structure owner community about this issue.and operations. The complete strategy can be found onIf you are an owner and havethe Government of Manitoba website atany examples of material shortages orgov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/mbskills/price increases, please forward them toMB-IBG-STK-Report.pdfcommunications@winnipegconstruction.ca.For more on WCAs position on recent Apprenticeship Manitoba regulation changes, read the report from ourDirector of Stakeholder Engagementand Advocacy on page 10.CONGRATULATIONSTO WCAS PRERNA VERMA YCLM SEEKS SPONSORSHIPCongratulations to The Young Construction Leaders of Manitoba (YCLM) are WCA Project Coordinatorcurrently seeking sponsorships from Manitoba construction Prerna Verma on passing hercompanies interested in supporting the future of the Certified Associate inindustry. Sponsorships range from $500/year to $2,500/year.Project Management (CAPM) exam and earning her CAPM designation. Go to www.yclm.ca for more information.12 BUILD MANITOBAwinnipegconstruction.ca'