The case for training
Even with the inclusion of talent from adjacent industries, attracting and retaining skilled employees has been one of the most pressing concerns in the cannabis sector.
In Canada, commercial production of cannabis began under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations in April 2014. These regulations opened the door for several licensed producers to enter the space. Since then, we have seen the introduction of the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations followed by the Cannabis Act and its regulations in October 2018. Each new set of regulations brought new product classes, a high degree of change, and the accompanying production practices to support these changes.
Even with the inclusion of talent from adjacent industries, attracting and retaining skilled employees has been one of the most pressing concerns in this sector. Human capital retention in the cannabis sector remains a challenge. Unique circumstances like the high level of nascent regulation and a lack of developed industry-wide leading practices don't help either.
Investing in your employees through robust training programs not only increases the probability of retention, it also creates consistency of your processes and your end product and reduces your risk of non-compliance.