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September 24, 2018
Manufacturing employs more people than any other industry in the local area and it still needs more workers!
By Jeremy Cook
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…
September 5, 2018
By Jeremy Cook
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…
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