Investigation into the issues behind the labour shortage - local fruit circular economy - BC-729

Project type: Innovation
Desired discipline(s): Business, Social Sciences & Humanities
Company: Berrymobile Fruit Distribution Inc.
Project Length: 4 to 6 months
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): VANCOUVER, BC, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
Desired education level: CollegeUndergraduate/BachelorMaster'sPhDPostdoctoral fellowRecent graduate
Open to applicants registered at an institution outside of Canada: No

About the company: 

Berrymobile Fruit Distribution Inc. is a Vancouver-based distribution company, supporting and promoting fresh fruit grown by farmers in British Columbia. We partner with retailers across major grocery banners in the Lower Mainland including Fresh St. Market, IGA, Loblaws, Safeway, Save-On-Foods, and Whole Foods Market.

The company started as a roadside fruit stand and has grown to where we are today with four prime fruit stand locations in some of Vancouver's busiest parks, in addition to supplying numerous small and large retail partners. We focus on sourcing high-quality, ethically-grown, and sustainable berries, cherries, tree fruit, and more.

Our vision is to be champions for the local fruit industry’s circular economy. Since 2000, we have been cultivating relationships with farmers in the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan in search of British Columbia’s best-grown fruit. Supporting locals has never been more important especially as the effects of COVID-19 continue to magnify supply chain issues and labour shortages in addition to experiencing extreme climate changes. We need to come together to strengthen our local food security and the communities that buy local support each and every day.

Describe the project.: 

This project investigates the issues behind the labour shortage we’re experiencing as an effort to achieve an organizational innovation. We are looking to partner with local secondary and post-secondary schools to help young people get into the job market and help fill in the labour shortage. As a seasonal business with three full-time year round staff, we have over 50+ part-time staff in the summer, the majority of whom are students. We believe we provide a great environment and work term for students to join us for the summer. These individuals and our future team are vital to the success of our company.

The intern will create a strategy to effectively hire students who are currently unemployed, attending secondary or post-secondary school, or youths with working visas with a goal to recruit, hire, onboard, train, and terminate over 50+ employees. S/he will work closely together in a small team to build a team that are the faces of the company. We offer the opportunity to see the full lifespan of an employee and all the inner workings of building a team from the ground up.

In addition, this project will support the local economy for fruit farmers as well as for students who are looking for great industry opportunities. Fruit farmers are experiencing labour shortages of foreign workers.

Required expertise/skills: 

  • Knowledge of hiring strategy, and process improvement
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Google Drive, Slack, time-tracking platform
  • Read and understand the information presented in a variety of forms (e.g., words, graphs, charts, diagrams)
  • Write and speak so others pay attention and understand
  • Locate, gather, and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems
  • Assess situations and identify problems
  • Deal with people, problems, and situations with honesty, integrity, and personal ethics
  • Be accountable for your actions and the actions of your group
  • Work independently or as part of a team
  • Be willing to continuously learn and grow
  • Bei flexible
  • Carry out tasks