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)

https://careerwise.ceric.ca/2020/08/10/pulse-survey-how-employment-services-manager-carter-hammett-is-navigating-covid-19/#.Xz04xy2z06U
https://www.worktrends.ca
https://www.brookings.edu/topic/coronavirus-covid19/
https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/139.nsf/eng/h_00002.html

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/

COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey

We’ve just released NEW data from our COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey. These results will help inform the ongoing development of responsive employment-related initiatives. Get the full picture at: bit.ly/2x7mv0I

COVID-19 – Impacts on Workforce

We’ve launched our message in response to COVID-19 . This pandemic has changed the way we live, with a significant impact on workforce. We are dedicated to continuing to providing a community-minded view of issues as they evolve. Read more:  https://conta.cc/2Jew2Wb