Local Jobs Hub: Here to Help

This is the introduction video to our new series Local Jobs Hub: Here to Help! We’ll be showing you how to use each one of our Local Jobs Hub tools and the benefits they provide for your job search. At the end of the day, job searching can be so difficult- not only actually finding a job, but the mental toll it can take on the job seeker’s self esteem. The Local Jobs Hubs tools are here to help.

Not only will the tools help you find a job you like, you can find out how in demand the job is, what you need to qualify, how you can get those qualifications (hopefully free or at a low cost), and more- all of this, with over 6,000 active jobs to choose from now. Keep an eye out. We’ll be posting about this like crazy! And, you can find more videos here, on our YouTube channel under the Local Jobs Hub: Here to Help Series playlist.

START HERE: https://workforcedevelopment.ca

Local Labour Market Plan Consultations

The Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board is beginning the community consultation process for this year’s Community Local Labour Market Plan and is inviting all stakeholders and partners to participate in this process, to provide input around labour market issues and trends that will assist in creating a detailed and responsive Local Labour Market Plan for the London Economic Region for 2022.
The consultation is scheduled to hold separately in the three counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford.

Dates for events include:

Middlesex Stakeholders: Monday, September 20, 2021 10:30 AM

Oxford Stakeholders: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 10:30 AM

Elgin Stakeholders: Monday, October 4, 2021 10:30 AM

Registration for Middlesex Stakeholders: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/middlesex-local-labour-market-planning-consultation-tickets-166309743921

Registration for Oxford Stakeholders: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oxford-local-labour-market-planning-consultations-tickets-166310072905

Registration for Elgin Stakeholders: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elgin-local-labour-market-planning-consultations-tickets-166310207307

About the Project:

The Community Local Labour Market Plan (CLLMP) is one of the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board deliverables. The Local Labour Market Planning process involves conducting several community consultations with stakeholders and community partners and presenting a Community Labour Market Plan report at the end of these consultations. The report incorporates relevant data to the local labour market and economic conditions and represent an update of the report rendered in the previous year, telling local story about local supply and demand, skills shortages, industry and occupational profiles, economic and labour market changes and will focus on challenges and opportunities linked to economic development, workforce adjustment, employment and training.

The LLMP process will broadly involve the following;

· Gathering evidence, analyzing and interpreting local labour market indicators and other data

· Facilitating a consultation

· Updating last year’s action plan

The Community Labour market plan will highlight labour force trends across the community including challenges and threats, and will also outline recommended actions that the community has arrived at in tackling workforce issues.

Remote Work Study: Participants Needed For 2 Groups

Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board (EMOWPDB)  is currently recruiting participants for a study of remote work. Participants will be compensated by a $20 Amazon Gift Card or Interac e-transfer per session. Participants are only able to sign up for one session. The closest upcoming session is Thursday, July 7th and 8th, 2021, from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM

Are you, or were you in the near past, working remotely due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions? Are you a job seeker looking for remote work?

If you live in London, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Elgin, Middlesex or Oxford counties and your answer is yes to any of the above questions, the EMOWPDB is inviting you to a focus group conversation regarding remote work benefits, challenges, productivity, and management issues. The conversations will take place in a Zoom teleconference session.

EMOWPDB is looking to recruit 15 employees working from home and 15 job seekers for remote job positions.

Reserve your place, if you are willing to help understand labour issues regarding remote work by clicking the button that applies to you below.

Once you registered, our researcher will contact you with the details regarding the date and time for the Zoom meeting.

Click here if you are a job seeker looking to find a job from home.

Click here if you are an employee who is currently working from home.

Growing Your Workforce 3 – Your Path

Join us for a conversation with Jessica Gransaull, Executive Director of the STEAM Center St. Thomas, on the importance of STEAM skills for our area, and about a new campaign to help reach out to those who need it most through culture and representation.

A New Program For Skills

Written by Shannon Stoltz-Limin

Fanshawe College is offering a free 15-week Window and Door Installer program beginning this October. With a mixture of theoretical, practical hands-on skills and lectures; graduates from this program will be well versed to land a highly sought-after job in the trade. This program is being offered to give the underrepresented groups in the trade skill job market; (women, indigenous peoples, newcomers, persons with disabilities and veterans) the skills to land a job in an in-demand position. The Program runs from October 1st 2020, to February 15th 2021. For more information on this program please see the attached poster. If you or anyone you know has any questions, or would like to register please email cts@fanshawec.ca 

Growing Your Workforce Live – Episode 2

The second Growing Your Workforce Live! episode is here! Watch the full presentation above or download the podcast episode below.

Download the episode using the player’s menu on the right.

Growing Your Workforce Live! is a new iteration of the publication focused on issues of hiring, training and retention. These 20 minute presentations will enlighten and invite you to dive in below the tip of the iceberg on workforce issues.

In this episode: how COVID-19 has changed the digital divide, plus a fireside chat with Kate Burns Gallagher, the Executive Director of Economic Development with the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus (WOWC) about advocating for workforce issues at the decision making level.

Credits and sources:

https://brookfieldinstitute.ca/levelling-up/ (Digital literacy info)


Skills for Truck Drivers

Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions is offering a new, free program. We’re pleased to be be a partner in an advisory role for this “Essential Skills for Truck Drivers” program offered online for people who are laid off, at risk of being laid off or are under-utilized workers who require truck driving industry skills and experience.  This self-paced  program will run from July 6th to October 16th. For more information please see the attached posters, and if you have questions or know someone who would like to register, please email cts@fanshawec.ca.

Launching the EmployerOne Change Matters Survey

Businesses need supports that are unique to them. A new survey has launched to understand the changes businesses have undergone in the London Economic Region over the past months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hiring, training and retention have changed, and the needs of businesses are different and unique. That matters. The survey is built around precision and efficiency to get answers that will help inform public hiring, training and retention programs as they adapt to a new economic landscape. While many businesses have experienced decreases in employment, others have yet to understand the full extent of these decreases and yet more businesses may be lacking access to a critically needed workforce now and into the future. It’s up the community to support these businesses with information that targets their specific needs.

Has your business been impacted by COVID-19? That matters.

Answer before September 18th and join us in connecting businesses with results on October 8th

The results of this survey will be made available to enrich services’ understanding of employer needs so your team can understand where employers are looking to evolve, expand or reduce their workforce. This information will be key to inform program development to pursue new, enriched or extended funding, enabling your organization to advocate for better programs that reflect our new economic landscape.

Thank You from the WPDB

The Workforce Planning and Development board would like to thank all who attended our AGM last Friday to hear about the last year in Workforce Planning and Development, to launch our new brand and to get to know what we’re looking forward to in the year ahead.

If you missed our AGM, or want to read more, we are releasing our annual report with writing from our Chair and Executive Director, and summaries of our results from the past year.

(Click to read)

Growing Your Workforce – LIVE! – Episode 1

The first Growing Your Workforce Live! episode is here! Watch the full presentation above or download the podcast episode below.

Download the episode using the player’s menu on the right.

Growing Your Workforce Live! is a new iteration of the publication focused on issues of hiring, training and retention. These 20 minute presentations will enlighten and invite you to dive in below the tip of the iceberg on workforce issues.

The first episode addresses how the labour market has changed over the course of COVID-19 shutdowns, and share strategies and suggestions for developing workforce and skills in light of these changing.

Credits and sources:

More literature available in our library.

Participation rate study: https://workforcedevelopment.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/labour_participation_final_report-1.pdf

EmployerOne Results: https://www.worktrends.ca/employer-one-survey

Growing Your Workforce Conference Report: https://workforcedevelopment.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Revised_Growing-Your-Workforce-Report-2019.pdf

Worktrends Interactive Labour Market Facts: https://www.worktrends.ca/resources/labour-market-facts-london-economic-region-interactive-tool

StatCan labour force characeristics: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/71-607-x/71-607-x2017001-eng.htm

Music Credits:

Nowhere Land by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4148-nowhere-land
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
New Direction by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4120-new-direction
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Limit 70 by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5710-limit-70
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Sincerely by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5033-sincerely
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/