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How to Engage & Motivate Youth: Surveying the Youth Friendliness of Hamilton Employment Services
WPH's latest project seeks to understand the attitudes of youth when it comes to local employment services. Although job seeking youth have double the unemployment rates of the general population in Hamilton, they don't utilize employment services in large numbers.
To find out why, WPH and partner the Neighbourhood Action Strategy held focus groups with youth to come up with youth friendly criteria for the services.
After crafting the criteria youth visited the Employment Ontario employment services
as "secret shoppers."
In general the services scored "average" or "very good" for youth friendliness, but as the report shows, there is room for improvement, particularly in the use of social media.
A report by Statistics Canada indicates that one of the most substantial changes to the Canadian labour market is the participation of women. Over the second half of the 20th century, women became far more involved in the workforce than ever before.
In the early 1950s, about one-quarter of women aged 25 to 54 participated in the labour market, that is, they had a job or were looking for one.
Women began increasing their presence in the labour market as social norms regarding gender roles evolved, new technologies such as electrical appliances reduced the time needed to perform household chores, and employment opportunities in the service sector increased.
The early 1990s marked the beginning of a slowdown in the growth of women's labour market participation. While their participation rate grew by 1.4 percentage points each year on average from 1953 to 1990, it has since grown by 0.3 percentage points each year on average.