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The board of directors of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers (RVDA) of Canada has taken several steps to help recruit qualified workers to the RV industry.
“One of the main areas of concentration has been that of dealership recruitment,” wrote H. Wayne Hambly, RVDA of Canada president, in the association’s 2006 edition of The RV Compass, its annual publication. The industry is growing in Canada, however, “with growth comes a shortage of qualified people to do the job,” the magazine notes.
Several human resource initiatives have been reviewed, refurbished and reintroduced to bring awareness to career opportunities in the industry.
They include:
•The RVDA of Canada is matching provincial/regional contributions up to a preset maximum to help fund human resource programs.
• Copies of the RV Careers Reference Guide on CD, first developed in conjunction with RVDA of Alberta, were distributed to all provincial members. The CD contains a matrix of RV career paths, detailed job descriptions and educational requirements, a promotional video containing testimonials from people who work in the RV industry and a contact lists for apprenticeship offices, colleges and career practitioners.
• A Job Fair Kit to show how to put on a successful trade show or career fair.
• The bilingual www.RVcareers.ca website has been updated and a third party reports back to the association on the most popular and most-used features of the site.
The association celebrated its 20th anniversary during the 10th annual Canada Night Dinner at the National RV Show in Louisville.