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.
Janet Lehman, Director of Human Resources, JD Sweid Foods
Sohrab Rahmaty, Immigration Employment Specialist
Julie Newman, Director of HR at Carizon
Bashir Shahbaz, Manager of Employment Services at Reception House
Panel Moderator: Ian MacLean, President and CEO of the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce.
9.00 Welcome and introductions
9.05-9.35 Panel Discussion
9.35-9.55 Q & A
9.55 Closing remarks
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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.
Information sessions will be held at the Guelph campus, all potential candidates must attend one information session. Here are all the details.
Guelph campus, room B7
Please note There are only 24 enrollment spaces available. Applications are open to those age 16 or older, and no longer a secondary school student. Completion of Grade 12 is preferred, but not mandatory because academic upgrading assistance will be provided.
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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.
Click here for the report
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
5.15pm Formal Presentation
96 Grand Avenue S, Cambridge, Ontario
Click hereto register before May 27th, 2019
Thank you to our AGM Hosts: City of Cambridge and Grand Innovations
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.
The goal of this Innovation Guelph initiative is to create an opportunity that’s currently missing in the Guelph/Wellington region: an award that will not only provide the funding women entrepreneurs need to finance their businesses, but the mentoring and support they need at key stages of their development to build and grow their businesses long term.
Apply now to pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win one of the cash awards.
Innovation Guelph will be hosting a Rhyze Award information…
We now have a dedicated page with information for former employees of the Erwin Hymer facilities in Kitchener and Cambridge
Click here to connect with this page that features details on upcoming information sessions, job fairs and more.
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…
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