The BuildForce Board of Directors has set out the following nine strategic priorities to guide the organization from 2013 to 2016:
Establish and grow a secure, sustainable organizational capacity to work at a pan-Canadian level to assist industry in planning for, and addressing workforce challenges.
Launch strategic outreach and engagement plan to be better equipped to influence and advocate for industry needs.
Target marketing and communications program to support new business model and to articulate BuildForce’s value proposition to national/regional/provincial/local stakeholders.
Labour market information (LMI) will be the top priority of BuildForce Canada, driving all other activities. BuildForce will devote the necessary resources to develop and refine its LMI products and services to respond effectively and efficiently to the industry’s demands for decision-making tools.
Enhance the industry training capacity required to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople, management and professionals through innovative, flexible and adaptable approaches to online learning.
Work with partners to address industry’s capacity to reach out to the broadest labour pool possible, including women, Aboriginal people, immigrants and youth.
Develop and promote national standards as a means to support consistent, high-quality training that facilitates worker mobility across Canada.
Take a leadership role at the national level for the construction and maintenance industry by promoting opportunities for collaboration in the development of Essential Skills tools and resources and by providing a focal point for Essential Skills development.
Support the need for qualified supervisors resulting from the loss of retiring skilled workers, increasing importance on the role of supervisors, and the need to articulate a career path to attract youth to the industry.