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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.

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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.

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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).

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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
Office Administration

Top Competencies Employers Were Seeking
Work Ethic
Self Motivated
Technical Skills
Customer Service

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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.

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In January 2017, 88% of manufacturers who completed the EmployerOne Survey indicated that they had separations - 72% of these were quits. The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is conducting a study to understand the reasons behind the high level of quits in the manufacturing sector and why businesses are having issues retaining employees. We are looking for manufacturers to help with this survey that is aimed at finding key strategies to support manufacturers with worker retention and attraction.


Manufacturing Insights 2018

By Nathan Gilmour

Manufacturing Insights 2018 has been released!

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Robot Talks - Summary Report

By Charlene Hofbauer

A new report relates findings of consultations around automation in the workplace

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Pipedreams Welding Pre-Apprenticeship program

By Charlene Hofbauer

Deadline extended to May 4th. This is an excellent opportunity for our First Nations Metis and Inuit youth ages 18-30, who are status, non-status, self-identifying, Metis or Inuit who are looking for a career change or wanting to upgrade their skill set to strengthen their ability to enter into the trades industry. Full accommodations are paid for including transportation, room and board, and extra supports while in the program to help them succeed.

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