06/05/2012 11:03 EDT | Updated 08/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Building and trades group forecasts perfect storm coming on labour skills front

SASKATOON - An industry group is urging the Saskatchewan government to spend more money on trades training before the province encounters a skilled labour shortage of crisis proportions.

A report from the Saskatchewan Provincial Building and Trades Council, released Monday, says economic growth and an aging population are combining to create the shortage.

The report recommends boosting provincial funding for the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.

It also says there should be more money for aboriginal apprenticeship programs and foreign credential recognition.

As well, the report calls on the province to work with industry to develop a labour market strategy.

Terry Parker, the council's business manager, says the government needs to make a more significant investment in trades training. (CJWW)