Vol 1, Issue 1. January 7, 2021
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Connect to Careers virtual job fair open for employer registration; Canadian Summer Jobs program open for employers to apply; Factors associated with Canadian Apprenticeships, a study; Hamilton LMI November, 2020
Are You an Employer Looking to Hire?
Register for Connect to Careers Fair Today!
Does your organization need help to find the right candidates for your open positions? On March 3, 2021, from 9am - 3pm, attend Connect to Careers Virtual Job Fair to connect with a diverse audience of motivated students, recent grads and community members. The online format provides an easy, effective way to discover and connect with top talent. 
We recognize that COVID-19 has greatly impacted employers. Now offered completely online, this year's Connect to Careers Job Fair will be more accessible than ever for both employers and job seekers. 

By participating in the Fair, you will be able to:
  • Take advantage of a proven professional virtual job fair platform for your recruiting needs.
  • Showcase your organization in our virtual lobby to attract attendees to your booth.
  • Review attendee resumes in real time.
  • Customize your online booth by adding your company logo and description.
  • Advertise your organization's open jobs, presentations, videos and more.
  • Streamline the selection process by screening and chatting one-on-one with talented and motivated candidates.
  • Connect with and hire current students, recent grads and community members.

Stay tuned for information for job seekers & those wishing to attend the event!

Register on OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Events > Employer and Community Partner Calendar. Then, find the Connect to Careers Job Fair on March 3 and register. 

If you don't have an OSCARplus account, create your profile now, click here. Once the account has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email. 

For more information about the fair, contact Teresa Finelli (tfinell@mcmaster.ca).

Subsidized Grants to Hire Summer Employees

The employer application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program for 2021 has opened.

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

The national priorities for the 2021 CSJ program support:

  • organizations that provide services to or intend to hire youth who self-identify as being part of underrepresented groups or as having additional barriers to entering or staying in the labour market
  • opportunities offered by organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities or intend to hire youth with disabilities
  • opportunities for youth in rural areas, remote communities, or official language minority communities
  • opportunities offered by organizations that focus on protecting and conserving the environment
  • opportunities offered by employers impacted by COVID-19, in particular small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs.

The program has added extra flexibility in 2021 to accommodate the challenging environment. Click here to read more about these temporary flexibility opportunities for employers in the program.

The application period closes January 29, 2021.

Factors Associated with the Completion of Apprenticeship Training in Canada
Apprenticeship training is the key pathway for an individual to become a skilled tradesperson in Canada. A study has been done using data from the Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform from 2008 to 2016 to examine which factors affect the certification rates of registered apprentices in Canada. This study also examines the impact of employment conditions during on-the-job training (the paid portion of the training) on program completion.

  • Among apprentices who had registered in an apprenticeship training since 2008, few completed their program on time. At the end of the expected program duration, only 16% of apprentices had obtained their certificate
  • Apprentices who were credited for previous work experience or training were more likely to complete their program: apprentices who benefited from these credits were 13 percentage points more likely to obtain a certificate (44%) than apprentices who did not receive these credits (31%).
  • Apprentices who were working in a field closely related to their trade were more likely to earn their certificate (38%) than those who were not (32%).
  • Working conditions during training, such as job-related benefits and wages, also played an important role in apprentices’ success. For example, apprentices who received their certificate had higher employment incomes throughout their training than those who did not complete their program.

WPH staff are ready for 2021 and plan to continue to provide useful labour market information and continue to build our partnerships to strengthen this great community we are all a part of. We have some exciting webinars and virtual events coming up in the next few weeks so stay tuned for more information.

We have had some emails updated with a new IT system, so please update your records:

Michelle Butcher (Garofalo) - Administration Coordinator's new email: michelle.butcher@workforceplanninghamilton.ca (emails to the previous address will still be accessible)

Sue Vattay - Interim Executive Director new email:
Hamilton Labour Force Information:
November 2020

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Economic Development, and the Flamborough and Stoney Creek Chambers of Commerce, are closely monitoring and assessing new developments pertaining to COVID-19, as well as its impacts on Hamilton business.

Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| info@workforceplanninghamilton.ca | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca