The Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council has published the results from its recent employer survey. The objectives of the 2010 CPISC Employer Survey were to examine the level of awareness of the
Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council and its activities to provide CPISC with a better understanding of how the Council can work collaboratively with employers and to provide them with the necessary tools and data to ensure they have the resources and skilled employees necessary to be competitive. The 2010 survey received responses from 127 industry employers, more than double the numbers of the 2008 survey, according to CPISC.
The aging workforce was identified as the top HR challenge facing the industry (52.3%), closely followed by a shortage of skilled workers (45.4%) and a lack of awareness and interest in printing and graphic communications as a career option among youth (44.2%).
While the majority of respondents were aware that certain skill standards were available, 34.7 percent of respondents reported not being aware of any of the CPISC skill standards. 43 percent of the respondents were unaware of CPISC's development of a National Certification Program, but 68 percent responded by saying they would support their employees in obtaining certification.
The report had this conclusion:
The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council and its research and resources continue to gain awareness and value amongst industry employers. CPISC’s new strategic plan and resources are well positioned to continue to support employers and employees in weathering the negative impacts of the economy and to help them continue to grow the highly skilled workforce they need to thrive in a technologically advancing industry.
The report can be obtained here.