What is the national seafood sector council?
Why is the council doing this?
Who is part of the NSSC?
The end result
Activities of the council
For additional information
The NSSC is a new forum for the seafood processing industry to address human resource development issues. It is a national organization that is private sector led, staffed by a team of dedicated personnel. The council can assist large and small companies, coast to coast, to meet their traning needs.
The NSSC encourages training, skills upgrading, educations and the development of standard skill sets. It supports human resource strategies that enchance the strength and economics of the Canadian seafeed processing industry, in local and international markets. And it works in active partnership with educational institutions and the federal and provincial governments.
The NSSC is a new way to address human resource development issues through a national sectoral approach. It was created to respond to human resource challenges of the industry in the coming years. These challenges were identified through comprehensive studies, which concluded:
The Board of Directors is comprised of an equal number of labour and employer representatives, committed to developing a more effective workforce, with access to the Canadian labour market. An incorporated non-profit organization, the NSSC was formed in 1995.
The mission of the NSSC is to implement labour-management strategies that meet long-term human resource needs of the Canadian seafeed processing industry.
The council will be a one-stop-shop to coordinate activities and to disseminate information to the industry about training programs and services.
The NSSC undertook a critical research project that identified industry needs and human resource requirments. Associations, unions and employers shared their expertise and knowledge.
A major project is underway to define the skill sets of the development of national standards in product safety practices. The project looks at the human resource development side of the industry's Quality Management Program (QMP). Course materials based on industry needs will be developed shortly.
Once the NSSC has developed national standards regarding specific practices, course materials will be available. The NSSC will work with educators to develop curriculum based on industry standard skills.
Students completing NSSC approval training will receive a certificate attesting to and recognizing the acquired skills.
A number of projects are under development that will benefit workers and management. They include an orientation program for entrants,.industry specific and generic training in production supervisory skills, forklift operations, and safety and health.
Membership is open to companies, associations, unions, educational
institutions and others.