The shortage of qualified lifeguards and instructors is an ongoing issue for the aquatics community both in the public and private sector. Aquatic staff shortages will impact service delivery, safety and swimming opportunities. The problem of insufficient qualified aquatic staff is not likely to go away any time soon we are competing for a dwindling pool of potential candidates.
Youth 16 -24 years olds are attracted to employment opportunities that offer flexibility and that opportunity exists in several sectors of the Canadian economy.
Youth workers looking for part-time and seasonal employment are a targeted group in the tourism, food and beverage and hospitality. Recreation programs need staff willing to work flexible part-time hours as recreation programs are designed around leisure times.
Complicating aquatic staff recruitment efforts is the essential requirement for specific qualifications. To effectively create strategies to attract the dwindling number of youth available in the labour force to aquatic positions we must understand our own industry in terms of qualifications demands, compensation we are providing and camper this to other sectors in the Canadian economy who are looking to employ youth workers.
This project will consist of the following phases;
1. Creation of a data base to compare data on wages in Aquatics including;
2. Creation of a data base of wages in the Recreation sector including; Private Clubs, Sport clubs, YMCAs, Camps and Municipal Recreation programs.
3. Creation of a data base of wages of the largest sectors of youth employment sector including; Hospitality and retail.
The results will be published following the completion of each phase of the study, with a final presentation and analysis upon completion of the entire study.
Swim Life Magazine
Youth Employment Wage Review Project
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