Vol. 10, Issue 4, October 25, 2018
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Manufacturing mentors share their life experiences with high school youth; Check out our Manufacturing in Hamilton tip sheet; Find out about the Western Region Workforce Forum!
High school students and mentors = a winning combination
It's not easy to capture the attention of a large group of high school students but WPH did just that during our Meet Your Manufacturing Mentor event held on Tuesday, October 23/18. 

Close to fifty Grade 11 students from local high schools attended the event, listening to a keynote address called Manufacturing: A Career on the Edge by Jeremy Bout, President of Edge Factor.

Jeremy shared information on his career journey and through a series of compelling videos demonstrated the fun, practical and life changing
applications that manufacturing has in our world.

Judy Travis, Executive Director, WPH, shared information about Manufacturing in Hamilton (see adjoining article).
During a lunch break the students had time to view displays by McMaster University, Faculty of Engineering; OYAP; and Mohawk College. 

Next up was the fun (and sometimes loud) speed mentoring session where students were able to ask candid questions of a diverse group of people employed by manufacturing companies.

The students heard about the day to day reality of careers such as: Process engineer, Production supervisor, HR generalist, Marketing co-ordinator, CNC machinist, Mechanical designer, Human resources manager, Industrial engineer, Machinist and Cost analyst.

Thanks to our partners: City of Hamilton, Economic Development Department, HWCDSB, HWDSB and our mentors and their companies: Carmeuse, Felton Brushes, ACS Valves, Canada Bread, John Crane, and Walters Group for sharing their time and expertise.
F acts you need to know about Manufacturing in Hamilton

If you are interested in finding out more about the manufacturing sector or a career in manufacturing our fact sheet will be invaluable.

Did you know?

  • The Manufacturing industry in Hamilton has 1,151 businesses; 54% have less than 10 employees
  • There are eight employers that employ over 500 workers
  • There is a growing demand for skilled trades in Hamilton
  • Nearly all industrial skilled trades have low unemployement rates, with rising incomes
  • The sector has one of the oldest workforces
  • Over a quarter of workers in Manufacturing are over the age of 55

Top Job Postings in 2017

The top occupations posted were: Industrial engineering and manufacturig technologists and technicians; machinists and machining and tooling inspectors; welders; and retail salespersons.

Save the Date: Western Region Workforce Forum, December 13/18

Join the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus and Workforce Planning West for the first Western Region Workforce Forum. This one-day forum brings stakeholders from across Western Ontario together to build solutions to our current workforce issues.

Topics will include sharing best practices on rural immigrant and resident attraction, online workforce attraction, youth retention and an 
opportunity to discuss with peers best practices in other communities.

Labour Force Information, Hamilton
September 2018
Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| [email protected] | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca