Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 9, Issue 1 (August 30/11)
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Spotlight on Manufacturing
Workforce Check-up Survey
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Update: Youth Attraction, Retention and Development Project

young professionalsHTAB, in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Economic Development; the Small Business Enterprise Centre; Youth Employment Network; and other partners, is developing a strategy to attract youth to Hamilton and to retain youth that currently attend post-secondary school in our area.  Key informant interviews and focus groups have taken place, and a literature review has been completed.  Two, 1/2 day strategic planning sessions with key stakeholders will take place late October/early November. The end result will be a strategic plan with specific actions that will support improved access and integration of youth into Hamilton's labour market.

Spotlight on Manufacturing: Understanding the evolving skills requirements in manufacturing in Hamilton

Are you a manufacturing employer, or HR manager?  HTAB needs you! We'd like to interview you for the Spotlight on Manufacturing project. The manufacturing industry is a vital and growing sector in Hamilton, one with evolving skills requirements, looming retirements by Baby Boomers, and the on-going perception that manufacturing careers aren't viable career paths for youth.


We will take the pulse of manufacturing in Hamilton by interviewing employers and HR managers in manufacturing sub-sectors (food, primary metal, fabricated metal product, machinery, and transportation equipment manufacturing). The results of our research will be presented at a forum for manufacturing professionals in early 2012. A job seeker resource will be developed.  To set up a 15 minute interview (either in person, or by phone) call Cyndi Ingle at

905-521-5777 or email:  

Monthly Workforce Check-up Survey  
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HTAB is proud to report another strong month for Hamilton's labour market. Respondents of this month's survey reported a total of 243 jobs created, both full and part-time, while 20 jobs were lost, for a net gain of 223 jobs.  HTAB thanks the 107 employers who participated in the August Check-Up.  This vital data helps HTAB to monitor the local workforce and plan for future labour market development.  To be part of next month's survey please call Rachelle Moore at 905-521-5777.
HTAB Projects & Partnerships 2011-12
What does HTAB have planned for the year?  Our four key projects (funded by the Ministry of Training, College and Universities) as well as projects which have carried over from previous years, and other projects. are listed on our site.  Please click here to view our activities for the year.
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