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.
The city gained 2,800 jobs in December as the size of the labour force increased, while the number of people claiming unemployment declined.
You can click here for the full story.
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).
PNP Entrepreneur Stream immigrants differ from other immigrants in that, among other differences, PNP Entrepreneur Stream immigrants generally have two years to launch successfully a business employing the primary applicant and two Canadians not related to the immigrant.
By scanning the ways that government, government-funded actors, and others create supports encouraging entrepreneurship for immigrants, the aim of this document is to provide strategic intelligence on the interventions that…
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.
During consultations employers and their current employees often raised the fact that co-workers were often missing days and attendance was slacking. At a recent Manufacturing Job Fair, the majority of jobs on offer were full-time yet many of the attendees were seeking part-time jobs including a significant number of foreign students who are currently living in this area and are looking to work part-time to supplement their income. There appears to be lots of available overtime for those who…
In the 2018 Federal Budget, the Government of Canada announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women in entering, progressing, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person.
To be eligible for the AIG-W, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
- Not be a high school student;
- Self-identify as a woman;
- Have the required AIG-W supporting documents;
- Be registered with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade having low female representation;
- Have progressed in your training in designated Red Seal trades on or after April 1, 2018
- Provide proof that you have successfully…
The Workforce Planning Board's 2018 EmployerOne Construction Industry Insights show that 74% of construction employers had difficulty hiring in the past 12 months. The top reason given for this difficulty was "Not Enough Applicants". This is an indication of the workforce shortage in the construction sector.
Organizations like the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario (AABO) believe hiring indigenous youth for these construction jobs could be the solution to this problem. The AABO is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of Aboriginal people in the trades in Ontario.
The AABO is the embodiment of the Ontario-based Aboriginal Apprenticeship Strategy as defined in the document “Supply Meeting Demand.” Its purpose is to ensure that the components of the Strategy are well…
Tourism SkillsNet Ontario is a new provincial industry-led workforce development initiative focused on workforce planning, partnership building, talent pool development and skills training for the Tourism, Hospitality and Food Service sectors. This initiative is led by the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) with key industry partners such as the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association (ORHMA), Restaurants Canada, Magnet, ALiGN, the Discover Ability Network and a host of regional partners.
Over the past four years, the Regional Tourism Office of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for Huron Perth Waterloo and Wellington, RTO4, has been working on Tourism workforce development. With multiple stakeholders and key players in the hospitality industry in Waterloo Region, they have identified tourism employment priorities and developed a tailored solution to address the specific needs of industry partners in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.
"Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is pleased to be a partner on this project. We have been working with RTO4 on developing and implementing local workforce development strategies for the past several years and are pleased that funding has been secured to move this project forward" said Workforce Planning Board Executive Director Carol Simpson.
See the attached PDF press release for the full story.
Manufacturing employs more people than any other industry in the local area and it still needs more workers!
According to the 2018 EmployerOne Survey, 79% of manufacturing related businesses are expecting to hire over the next 12 months and the area will have to deliver a workforce that is willing to take on these roles. However, many people still believe that all manufacturing is dark, dirty, dangerous and that jobs are poorly paid.
In order to overcome the misconceptions surrounding the manufacturing industry, the Workforce Planning Board is inviting the public to come and see what it’s really like inside local manufacturing facilities and what kinds of jobs are available as part of Manufacturing Day 2018.
“Manufacturing Day allows us to address the misconceptions surrounding manufacturing and shows the public what the industry is really all about” said Nicole Stefan from Ontario Drive and Gear. Ontario Drive and Gear…
88% of manufacturers who completed our 2017 EmployerOne Survey indicated that they had separations - 72% of these were quits (see chart below). Our 2018 EmployerOne Survey shows that 75% of manufacturers also had positions that were hard to fill sighting not enough applicants, lack of motivation, lack of qualifications, lack of work experience and lack of technical skills as the top 5 reasons for these hiring difficulties. This survey also showed that 83% of employers rated the availability of skilled workers as fair to poor (compared to 17% rated at good to excellent).
The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is currently conducting a research study to determine the reasons behind the high level of quits in the manufacturing sector and why businesses are having issues retaining employees. We are looking for manufacturing industry representatives to help us gather input for this project that is aimed at finding key strategies to support manufacturers with worker retention and attraction. If you are in the manufacturing industry and want to…
Recently released stats from the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin show that 74% of area construction companies had difficulty hiring this past
year. That’s up from 59% in 2016. These companies have indicated that not enough applicants, lack of work experience, lack of technical skills and lack of qualifications are the top four reasons behind their difficulty hiring. See the top positions hired and the top competencies sought below:
Top Positions Hired in 2017
Top Competencies Employers Were Seeking
More stats are available on our Construction Sector Workforce Insights 2018. The Workforce Planning Board is working with local industry representation on more detailed research into employment in the industry.
You can help find your future workforce. The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin invites you to discuss how low carbon legislation and building techniques will impact your workforce in the next 2-5 years. Your input will be used to find new ways to promote construction careers and skills training to youth aged 15-24 including indigenous youth and young women.
You can be a part of this project to develop future workers for your industry.
Monday, August 13th, 2018
11:30am - 2:00pm
Sunbridge Hotel & Conference Centre
200 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge
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