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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 11, Issue 4 (November 26/15)
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What does WPH believe?

Business, Labour & Community: Planning for Prosperity!

Closing the Soft Skills Gap in Hamilton
JP Hatala Over 50 people attended Workforce Planning Hamilton's Closing the Soft Skills Gap in Hamilton event on November 24/15, which featured a keynote address by John-Paul Hatala, Flowork Inc.

Dr. Hatala recently completed a report for WPH called Soft Skills Development: Improving Organizational Effectiveness and in his presentation he made the case for soft skills training in workplaces. 

Benefits include: improving competitiveness, morale, profitability, customer satisfaction, market share and company reputation and profile.

The afternoon event also included sharing local and provincial best practices and brainstorming ideas for assessing clients' soft skills; tools that are most effective in building soft skills; the greatest challenges in supporting soft skills development in clients; and ideas for working with employers to help them develop their workforce's soft skills.

Employment Insurance coverage declining for all age groups

An employment insurance coverage survey for 2014, released by Statistics Canada shows that from 2013 to 2014 declines in eligibility rates for regular EI benefits were observed among all age groups. Notably affected were men (89.8% to 84.0%) and youth aged 15 to 24 (54.5% to 44.0%).

One reason for the decline was a change in the types of jobs last held by people. Those working a permanent full-time job, where one is more likely to work enough hours to qualify for EI, declined from 45.8% in 2013 to 43.5% in 2014.

40th Annual Women of Distinction Awards 2016

Nominate a Woman of Distinction today! 

The Women of Distinction Awards take place on  March 10th, 2016, 5:30 p.m. at the  Hamilton Convention Center by Carmen's.
YWCA Hamilton's Women of Distinction Awards are presented to recognize the leadership of women who contribute to the development and well-being of other women and to the overall improvement of the community. 
YWCA Hamilton's Women of Distinction Awards are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women.

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