Vol. 6, Issue 1, June 7, 2018
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Congrats to ABEA's Leaders in Literacy Award Winners, A coalition of 8 large Canadian companies will be hiring 40,000 young workers, Statistics Canada reports on the state of apprenticeship in Canada.
Congratulations to Adult Basic Education Association's Leaders in Literacy Award Winners 2018
ABEA held its annual and well attended Leaders in Literacy Awards on June 5th at the Sheraton Hotel. 

As Hamilton's adult learning network ABEA provides information, referrals, outreach and assessment for people who are looking to upgrade or retrain. 

ABEA's annual report (2017-2018) was presented and awards handed out to community members and organizations. The Exellence in Adult Teaching Award was given to Richard Doelle,
and to Stephen Scrutton. 

The Hamilton Spectator Adult Learner Literacy Award was received by: Ashley Saunders, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre; Khaled Aslamzada, Hamilton Literacy Council; Mark Ponekovic, Hill Park Learning Centre (HWDSB) and Michael Lowden, Mohawk College. 

Large companies join forces to hire 40,000 Canadian youth

Eight large companies have joined forces under the banner Opportunity for All Youth (OFAY) to hire 40,000 youth facing employment barriers over the next five years, starting by offering more than 150 jobs to young people in Toronto this June.

Starbucks, Walmart, Chipotle, HMSHost, Tridel Corporation, The Source, Coast Capital Savings and Telus are the companies that are involved.

The coalition, backed by the MaRS Discovery District and local governments, specifically targets youth who are not employed, in education or training — NEET — between 16 and 29.

There are one million NEET youth in Canada, 400,000 of which are actively seeking jobs.

New registrations for apprentices are down in every province and territory, reports Statistics Canada
Apprenticeship training programs play a key role in preparing Canadians for a career in trades. There were 417,300 individuals registered to apprenticeship programs in Canada in 2016, down from 455,900 in 2015.

Among the three categories of registration, individuals newly registered to an apprenticeship program category had the biggest drop over the previous two years, falling from 93,400 in 2014 to 72,000 in 2016 (-23%). 

Women continued to be underrepresented among apprentices in 2016, accounting for 12% of all registrations. Just over half of female apprentices (52%) were registered in three major trade groups: hairstylist and estheticians (27%), food services (16%) and early childhood educators and assistants (10%). 

Workforce Planning Hamilton explores the availability of local skilled trades workers in our recent report, Under Pressure. The report focuses on the Industrial, Construction and Motive Power trades and includes labour market information such as the educational breakdown, gender breakdown, ages, and new hires to near-retirees ratio, and other information.

Labour Force Information, Hamilton - April 2018
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