Expanding LMI in the Community

The Labour Market Information Made Easy series is our initiative to make LMI more accessible.

One of our deliverables for the 2022-2023 fiscal year is to expand LMI in the community. Labour Market Information Made Easy is our new series to drive this deliverable.

Upcoming Sessions

What is Labour Market Information? May 31, 2022, 9:00AM- 10:00AM

Not just data, not just stats! Let’s talk about what labour market information is, and how you can actually use it.

As part of Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board’s effort to make our labour market information (LMI) more accessible to the community, we’ve launched a new series… and this is the first episode!

Nothing about LMI has to feel daunting; not finding it, not trying to understand it, and not figuring out how to interpret it for good use. As our first episode in our new Labour Market Information Made Easy series, we want to start from ground zero: what is LMI?

This webinar isn’t just for those who don’t know what LMI is. It’s for those who use LMI, should be using LMI, or want to use LMI to make better decisions when it comes to employment (not just for yourself, but for other people, too).

We want to start from the very basics. “Labour market information” makes sense in context, right? You understand what it means in a sentence, of course. But what is the definition? If you had to explain it to someone in one sentence, what would you say?

We want our Labour Market Information Made Easy series to be engaging and enjoyable. Hosted by Jessica Gowers, the structure of our sessions will be as follows:

1. Who’s in the audience?! Let’s start there. Quick poll!

2. We’ll really launch the session with a discussion. Let’s hear your thoughts, opinions, and impressions on an anonymous Jamboard. Want to check out the Jamboard now? We have it ready! https://jamboard.google.com/d/1xrAi641jxYym1Uf1ysq0uoRTJL3Vyg9CRZHcmn5f8FM/edit?usp=sharing

3. Then, we’ll get into the meat and potatoes of the session. The audience will watch a pre-recorded short video on the topic. Jessica will be able to monitor the chat as the video plays.

4. Question period, thoughts, discussion, wrap up.

5. Exit poll: How did you enjoy the session?

If you want a better grasp on exactly what LMI is and the ways you can use it (and already do use it, even unintentionally), we invite you to register for this webinar.

Caring for Mental Health in the Workplace- June 28, 2022, 9:00AM to 10:00AM

How do mental health challenges present in the workplace? Do you know the signs?

Featured Presenter, Bev Kobe: Executive Director and Vice President of Mission Advancement for Goodwill Industries Career Centre Ontario Great Lakes, 20+ years experience working at London Health Science Centre in the Inpatient Adolescent Mental Health/ Psychiatry division.

We gratefully welcome Bev Kobe as our featured presenter for our second session of Labour Market Information Made Easy.

While Bev, as the expert, will inform WPDB of her intended structure of this session closer to the date of June 28,
the premise of this session is to dig deep into the presentation of mental health challenges and addiction in the workplace.

Mental health challenges requiring time off and/or slowing work pace doesn’t fit well with the standard of work that’s been engrained in most of us when we’re taught how to be a “good employee.”

But the truth is, mental health challenges aren’t something that can just be left at your workplace “front door” in the same way we expect other hiccups in life to be. It’s not just something that can take a seat on the mental back burner from 8-4:30.

The ways in which mental illness presents itself may be surprising to some, even to those who suffer with mental health challenges on a daily basis. Because many of us don’t know exactly how mental illness presents itself (and realistically, it varies from person to person), we unconsciously perpetuate stigmas and can end up being unintentionally judgemental or insensitive.

Alternatively, for some people, their mental health issues present as very closely aligned with our ideas of what a hard-worker looks like. Meanwhile, this person is suffering.

We may think “this is just how I am,” or “this is just how *name* is.” But in truth, these “personality traits” could be presentations of mental health challenges that can be mended, but first need to be identified.

We will update this description with more information in mid-to-late May.

In the meantime, registration is open.