Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 11, Issue 1 (October 28/11)
In This Issue
Update: Spotlight on Manufacturing
Wrap-up: Strengthening Newcomer Services in Hamilton
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lostmyjob was launched a year ago by the Hamilton Training Advisory Board and the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie. Soon after, six other workforce planning boards from Niagara to Windsor began supporting the website.

More than 6,000 people looking for help to cope with job loss turned to in its first year. focuses on information and advice via peer-to-peer support
to help people cope with the emotions of job loss. The website showcases the success stories of people who have started new careers or their own business. Listed are 1,000 services and supports in communities across southern and southwestern Ontario. Everything from employment services to budget counselling, family counselling, income supports, food banks, and educational opportunities are included.  Visit the site today and please share with those who might benefit from it.

Update: Spotlight on Manufacturing: Understanding the Evolving Skills Requirements in Manufacturing


hamilton skylineWhat is the real face of manufacturing in Hamilton?  Is it a dying or a vibrant labour market sector?  To answer these questions (and many more) HTAB staff, during the past three months, have conducted in person and phone interviews with 20 local manufacturing employers and HR managers.  Focus groups have been held with representatives of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Canadian Steel Trade & Employment Congress, Mohawk College, City of Hamilton: Economic Development and the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium.  The next step is to compile the information in a report, which will be released at an employer forum in the new year.  For more information on the project please contact Judy Travis or Cyndi Ingle at 905-521-5777.

Wrap-up: Strengthening Newcomer Services in Hamilton: Connecting the System
Over 200 front-line workers attended this event on Friday, October 21/11 at the Scottish Rite in Hamilton.  Those who attended had time to network, visit over 40 displays and hear information sessions on settlement services, language instruction, health services, housing and employment services.  The audience participated by way of "clicker" technology to share information about themselves, their knowledge of newcomer services and suggestions for improvement to the system.  The postive feedback reported during and after the event demonstrate the need for this type of information sharing.   
Our next newsletter will be delivered to your inbox on November 23, 2011.  For more information about HTAB, our research and events please call 905.521.5777 or email us at

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