An analysis of job figures for the greasing industry says it could be facing a “disastrous” outcome due to a lack of skilled and qualified workers.
The report, commissioned by the Canadian Green Chamber, finds the number of greasing jobs could drop by more than 30 per cent by 2030, and that a major obstacle to their development is the lack of trained workers.
The report also notes that a “large proportion” of the greasewear industry’s current workforce is not certified, meaning there is a risk that some people won’t be able to access the training required to become greasing technicians.
The greasing sector currently employs about 25,000 people, but with the potential to increase that number to more than 50,000 by 2030.
“This is a problem that we are all in the midst of facing and it’s really an industry that’s going to be a challenge,” said the report’s author, Peter Beyer.
It says the grease industry is in a unique position to attract new workers and, because of this, the industry needs to find new ways to ensure its current workforce can stay on the payroll.
Beyer said greasing could be the key to greasing the economy and could be a key source of employment.
“If greasing goes down, that will have a big impact on the rest of the economy,” he said.
However, Beyer said the industry should also consider how to create jobs in areas that don’t require greasing.
“There’s a lot of people that are currently working in the greasesports industry that have done training and they’re going to need to move into greasing,” he added.
Green industries in Canada are also under pressure from a global economic downturn.
The Canadian economy is projected to shrink by nearly 2 per cent in 2019, according to the most recent data.