The region of Bécancour and Trois-Rivières has a qualified and abundant workforce. The work climate is positive and industrial workers have the reputation of being highly productive.
Companies and training institutions in the region, including the University collaborate with local industries to ensure the training of a qualified workforce by creating several training programs adapted to the companies needs.
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
CÉGEP de Trois-Rivières
CÉGEP de Drummondville
CÉGEP de Victoriaville
Centre de Métallurgie du Québec (CMQ)
Centre National en Électrochimie et en Technologies Environnementales (CNETE)
Centre d’Innovation de Produits Cellulosiques – Innofibre
Costs of labour and employee benefits
The workforce is not only abundant and highly qualified, but costs are well beneath those in the United States. The contribution of the employer to the employees’ benefit (legal holidays, vacations, retirement programs, employment insurance, health and life insurances) are usually lower. In addition, the stability of the workforce is an important advantage regarding the costs of business exploitation if it is compared to the United States where the workforce is much more mobile.
Owners and personnel work together to find approaches that will improve companies’ competitiveness. To reach that, employers and employees are engaging in long terms work contracts, which ensure that companies benefit from industrial stability. Work organization is now counting on the multiskilling human resources, employees’ accountability, decrease of reporting structures and competencies development.