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Hiring refugees and new immigrants can be one answer to the talent shortage facing local business and some local employers have found innovative ways to support these new hires. This breakfast event will highlight local 'in the workplace’ initiatives aimed at improving refugee and new immigrant employment outcomes. A discussion panel will talk about how their learnings may help your business overcome workforce challenges.


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Conestoga College's new Kitchener campus will be moving into downtown's Kitchener Market Square in the coming months.

The college will lease 82,000 square feet inside Market Square for the new campus, which will deliver business programs to approximately 1,000 students in January 2020.


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Starting in July 2019, the Pre-Apprenticeship Welder/ Metal Fabricator program will be offered at Conestoga's Guelph campus and runs full-time during the day for 25 weeks. This program includes multiple trade exposure with Welder and Metal Fabricator, common core Level 1 apprenticeship in-class training and features an additional eight-week practical work placement experience.


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Find out details on the over 86,000 businesses in Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. The Business Count Information for June 2018 to December 2018 has been released.


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Imminent changes are occurring as part of the Employment Services Transformation being implemented by the Government of Ontario over the next year. How will this potentially impact the structure and function of the Workforce Planning Board and the work that we do? At our upcoming AGM there will be a brief presentation on how we envision these changes rolling out and the opportunities they may offer us to further support our communities.

Monday, June 3, 2019
4:30 to 6:30 PM

4.30-5.00pm AGM
5.00-6.30 Reception
5.15pm Formal Presentation

Location:
Grand Innovations
96 Grand Avenue S, Cambridge, Ontario


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If you're a female entrepreneur in Guelph/Wellington who is looking to scale up on your business you can fill out a Rhyze Award application now.


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Information for former Erwin Hymer employees

By Jeremy Cook

We now have a dedicated page with information for former employees of the Erwin Hymer facilities in Kitchener and Cambridge


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Carol Simpson, Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, joined Matt Carty from CJOY in Guelph recently. The topic of conversation was the low unemployment rate in Guelph. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and historical data from Statistics Canada dating back to March 2001 shows Guelph’s unemployment rate has never been lower.


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A newly released document featuring programs & supports for newly arrived immigrant entrepreneurs is now available on the Workforce Planning Board website. This environmental scan captures programs and services in place exclusively targeting newly arrived Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Entrepreneur Stream immigrants with regard to starting a business or purchasing an existing business (i.e. business succession in Canada).


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Findings from our recent Manufacturing Quits Study show that job seekers were looking for options in employment including the option to work part-time. This study consulted manufacturing employees, employers and people who had recently left manufacturing jobs.


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