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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 7, Issue 1 (July 6/17)
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May 2017 Employment Stats

Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
(Yearly change -0.7 points decrease)

Participation Rate: 66.4 %
(Yearly change 3.6 points increase)

Employment Rate: 62.9%
(Yearly change 3.8 points increase)

(Info from Statistics Canada)


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Happy 20th Anniversary to Hamilton's Youth Employment Network (YEN)!

YEN began in 1997, as a group for front-line employment and training staff who work with youth in Hamilton.

Over the years YEN has delivered a number of exciting initiatives and encouraged collaboration and cooperation among its member agencies.  This in turn has increased the range and quality of services available to young people in employment transition.

A few of YEN's accomplishments over the years include: Careerapalooza, Career Cruiser, Monkeybiz.ca, and an annual networking day for staff of youth serving agencies called "YEN Connect: Navigating Services for Youth." This event was held for four years and offered workshops and
displays for front-line staff.

This year YEN members and the community will be celebrating 20 years of working to help youth achieve their training and employment goals. A celebration and professional development event for YEN, and Employment Assistance Resource Network (EARN) members will be held in October 2017.

In 2016 the YEN site was re-launched to create a one-stop shop for Hamilton and area youth who are looking for employment, training and other services.

Visit the site here.

Another great resource for youth and others in the community who are looking for educational, employment and training resources is the Workforce Information Network (WINHamilton.ca).

Thanks to the YEN members and their organizations who continue to work diligently to improve the quality of life for Hamilton youth.
Rules change for Canada-Ontario Job Grant program

The Canada Job Grant is a clear example of the government focusing on work force development. 

The COJG has implemented several changes for the 2017/2018 fiscal year, effective April 1, 2017. First, although the program still covers up to two-thirds of third-party training costs to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee, employers with fewer than 50 employees will be able to receive up to 100-per-cent funding for unemployed individuals they will be hiring and training, up to a maximum of $15,000 in grants for each new hire toward the training costs included in the funding application. 

This additional funding will help offset the orientation costs of bringing on a new employee.
How to build successful working relationships with others by understanding their communication style

Understanding the communication style of your colleagues, clients and - most importantly, your boss - has a lot bigger effect on your short- and long-term career success than you might think.

How exactly do you ask how your boss and other VIPs like to communicate? The "style conversation" approach by Michael Watkins, who wrote about it in his classic book The First 90 Days is a good place to start.  He recommends having this
conversation at the beginning of any new work relationship.
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