The LEPCs take a leadership role in establishing themselves as a hub for connecting employers, industry associations, sector groups and unions to local employment and training services and initiatives that could address their labour market or workforce development needs. LEPCs aim to conduct service coordination with employers including:
The modernization of Ontario’s apprenticeship system by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) starting in 2018-2019 and the significant changes to key competencies within the skilled trades driven by technology and automation call for an improved understanding of the changes occurring within the skilled trades today and the evolving requirements and skills needed by apprentices and journey persons in the skilled trades.
The LEPC has developed an animated video which highlights changes and requirements in the skilled trades in Northwestern Ontario driven by developments in technology and automation. This video provides those who are considering a career in the skilled trades with insight into jobs within the skilled trades today and in the near future. In addition, it provides an overview of the training, education, and skills that are needed to meet the evolving demands of the skilled trades in Northwestern Ontario.
In order to maintain current population levels, Ontario’s northern regions need to attract 150,000 people by the year 2041. The Community Matchmaker project is designed to help northern and rural communities build a skilled workforce and fill recognized labour shortages by helping immigrants and secondary migrants secure firm job offers. Overall, attracting immigrants to rural communities has a number of important social and economic benefits. Skilled workers require housing, services and products, which will provide broader benefits, including job creation, to the community. The International & Community Matchmaker program is a non-restricted program, and will assist anyone who is interested in moving to Northwestern Ontario, regardless of residency status, physical address or location.
This project is a partnership between the North Superior Workforce Planning Board/Local Employment Planning Council, La Société Économique de l’Ontario, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce and Northern Policy Institute.
The LEPC has developed a video for Industry Partners within the District of Thunder Bay which showcases programs, services and training initiatives available to employers to assist them in addressing their workforce development needs. Even with significant outreach and promotion of services available to employers, free of charge, from the Employment Ontario (EO) and non-Employment Ontario network, the vast amount of services and knowledge available to employers from these agencies remain “the best kept secret”.
Attitudes are changing in relation to the trades as a career but this is not translating into active promotion of the trades as a career choice for young people among parents, educators and peers. Encouraging parents and educators to become advocates for the trades offers an opportunity to enhance labour market efficiency in the region. In response to this challenge, the LEPC is conducting a marketing campaign to promote parental awareness and comfort with the trades and apprenticeships as a viable career and post-secondary education option for young people.
Through community consultations and discussions with partner organizations, the need to develop strategies that would highlight to local employers the benefits of hiring Indigenous and Newcomers was identified. The Baakaakonaanon Ishkwaandemonan (bah-kah-ko-nah-nun ishkwahn-deh-monun) program is focused on identifying current best practices and promoting existing resources available to support hiring Indigenous workers and Newcomers. Our team is committed to helping employers identify and access the knowledge and supports they need to make inclusive hiring choices.
From 2014 – 2016, the LEPC conducted the EmployerOne Survey which collected information from local employers annually on a range of workforce challenges, including labour turnover, hard to fill positions, recruitment difficulties, and current and future skill shortages.
In the 2016 survey results, employers indicated that they lacked information regarding available services, programs and incentives delivered to them by service providers. The LEPC responded to these local needs by conducting employer consultations to gain a more in-depth understanding of the challenges that employers face in their businesses as well as to inform local employers of available services. For the full report, please see the link below.
On November 20th-21st, 2017, The LEPC hosted an Indigenous Workplace Inclusion Conference with interactive workshops exploring the influences that create an Indigenous inclusive workplace. Trina Maher, and Diane Carriere provided mini lectures, shared videos and real life examples and facilitated group discussions. The sessions were geared towards presidents/CEOs, managers, community leaders, human resource professionals, business owners and employers.
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