WPH's recent Labour Market Planning Community Consultation
Crafting Labour Market Connections: A Labour Market Planning Conversation, took place on November 22/12. Every year WPH draws together local employers, employment services managers, and other stakeholders to engage in a conversation to guide change, address labour force challenges that face local employers, and to strengthen a skilled workforce in Hamilton.
This year's event featured a fascinating keynote address by Brock Dickinson, of Millier Dickinson & Blais. After Brock's inspiring keynote attendees completed a facilitated exercise to identify our community priorities. Five key priorities for action were identified...
- Rebrand skilled trades as a career with a future
- Create an inter-generational network/forum
- Research skills alignment - employer demand vs skills available
- Develop a job board website to market newcomers with skills to employers
- Pilot a 'family' mentoring for employment program
Look for our Labour Market Plan in March 2013!
Hiring Immigrants Project
The goal of this new WPH research project is to explore Hamilton employers' attitudes and experience regarding hiring newcomers, including bilingual staff. During the project a minimum of 250 telephone surveys will be completed and they will be followed by focus groups to gather more information. Please contact Cyndi at 905-521-5777 if you are an employer or HR manager who would like to be part of the survey or focus group and share your experiences.