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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 2, Issue 3 (February 15/18)
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January 2018

Employment Stats

Unemployment Rate: 4.6% 

Participation Rate: 66.5% 

Employment Rate: 

(Info from Statistics Canada)

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Helping to highlight the labour shortages in the skilled trades in Hamilton

construction_engineer.jpg One of Workforce Planning Hamilton's projects for 2017-18 is Under Pressure: Skilled Trades in Hamilton which researches the skilled trades in the Industrial, Construction, and Motive power trades to discover the hiring and other challenges facing local employers.

On February 9th a consultation was held with representatives from companies such as ACS Valves, Liftow, and Canada Bread and organizations such as Mohawk College, IBEW, Local 105 and the HWCDSB, HWDSB, and others.

Below are some of the project's findings, which includes an analysis of 2016 Census data, consultations with twenty employers, four associations, trade unions, service providers, and select labour market stakeholders.

  • Among 25-64 year olds, a University certificate, diploma or degree at the Bachelor level or above represents the largest share of people 
  • The "Over 55 years" category has increased for all trade sectors from 2011-2016
  • Stigma still exists in the trades: negative attitudes towards skilled trades continues
  • Employers stated that soft skills were a problem among apprentices (ie. work ethic, punctuality, communication skills)
Look for the results of our consultation and project report in mid March.
The top 15 jobs in Canada in 2018

business_woman.jpg Human Resources firm Randstad Canada's annual list of the most in demand jobs in Canada explains that the roles that are taking off in 2018 cover a diverse range of industries. 

From blue collar jobs like general labourer, assembler and forklift operator, which are essential to keeping Canada's strong manufacturing sector running smoothly, to high-tech roles like software engineer.
FREE WEBINAR: How to Give Feedback that Drives Engagement and Performance, March 1/18

Are you unclear on how best to provide feedback to your staff that is motivating and encourages engagement? A free webinar by Charity Village will offer you new techniques and best practices.

Date: Thursday, March 1 at 10am PST / 1pm EST (webinar is one hour in length) 

Skill Level: Introductory. This session will be particularly useful to nonprofit leaders and managers. 

Cost: Free - Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment 
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