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Job Demand Has Doubled Since April

By Jeremy Cook

Job demand in our region has more than doubled since April. According to the findyourjob.ca June job demand report there were 6,054 jobs posted in June 2020. That's up 40% from May and more than double the 2,782 jobs posted in April. You can find out more in the June Job Demand Report.


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Stats Canada released the latest unemployment numbers and Unemployment (unadjusted) in Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge increased to 11.1% in May from 8.3% in April, and Guelph’s increased to 13.3% compared to 8.8% in April. In May of 2019, Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge had an unemployment rate of 5.2% and Guelph was sitting at 4.9%. The good news is online job postings for Waterloo Wellington Dufferin also increased last month, providing opportunities for jobseekers. According to findyourjob.ca, there was a 55% increase in online job postings in May when compared with April of 2020. There were over 4,300 jobs posted in May of 2020 compared to just under 2,800 in April. The number of new job postings also increased substantially last month. May of 2020 saw 2,424 new postings compared to 1,786 in April.


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60% of respondents to a survey conducted locally believe our community will be stronger after the COVID-19 pandemic than it was going into the crisis. The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, in partnership with six other workforce planning boards, have released their COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey Results to help inform the ongoing development of responsive employment-related initiatives. Locally, the survey collected 715 respondents from workers and job seekers. The survey also asked about the extent to which a worker’s employment status might have changed since March 2, 2020, their occupation, and in which sector they are employed. This information provides insight into which groups of workers have been most affected and in what ways.


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As we collectively work through this challenging period together, Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus would like to share resources that have been created. Please share these with your networks.


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Learning from home

By Jeremy Cook

With March Break, and recent school closures, our colleagues at Workforce WindsorEssex have assembled a list of resources for learning from home. The hope is to aid parents and educators during this challenging time by ensuring that students can continue learning, from the comfort of home, with these helpful resources.


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Drake Should've Been A Guidance Counsellor

By Jeremy Cook

It turns out Drake’s lyric “Started from the bottom now we’re here” could be the best advice for young people and youth entering the workforce. In December 2019, the unemployment rate for the 15-24 year-old age group was 9.7% in Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge which is more than double the unemployment rate for 25 years and older (4.2%). A local partnership is focused on promoting varying career paths and entry level positions to youth and those entering the workforce in order to tap into this available talent pool. The key goal of the “How the Labour Market Works” initiative is to help youth, and those who support them, to better understand that the types of jobs and salaries available in their first position will be invaluable for their initial career.


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Worker Survey Now Available

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The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin has released its first ever “Worker Survey”. One hundred and seventy-seven job seekers and employees filled out this survey that asked about their needs when looking for employment, reasons why they quit, what keeps them in a job and more. The new Worker Survey was introduced as a complement to the annual EmployerOne Survey which the Workforce Planning Board conducts every January around workforce and retention and recruitment practices.


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First-of-its-kind partnership aims to future-proof Canadian workplaces and help communities adapt amid technological change


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New bursaries will support PSW students

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In response to a shortage of personal support workers (PSW) in Ontario, the Southwest Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has named Conestoga among four colleges to receive a financial boost to encourage enrolment in the PSW program.


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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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