Partnerships

Working together to find solutions

The Workforce Planning Board carries out a number of partnerships, or activities, each year to address local labour force issues.

These partnerships include:

  • Workforce development initiatives
  • Providing information on potential careers
  • Grand Erie Local Immigration Partnership
  • Programs that promote workplace learning for students
2017-18 Partnerships
EmployerOne Survey

Year 5 of the EmployerOne Survey will continue to look at what are the current workforce, training and education needs of local employers. Employers will be encouraged to use findings from past surveys in their human resource stategies. The survey is promoted each year by a large group of partners from business, employment, education, community and economic development organizations.

Manufacturing Month

We work with industry and community partners to promote modern manufacturing, showcasing what local manufacturers make and the wide variety of careers they offer. This project has 3 main components. Manufacturing Day will be held for the 3rd straight year, giving small groups of high school students a chance to tour companies. We will also create 4 We Make It Here videos featuring local manufacturers’ products and people. The month will wrap up with a Manufacturing Appreciation Breakfast, thanking our industry partners and celebrating innovation in the industry.

Tourism Study

This study will research the composition of the current workforce and the challenges faced by tourism-related businesses in the Grand Erie region. Employer input will be sought on recruitment challenges, training needs and leadership development. The project will identify tourism job and career paths, and this information will be shared with Employment Ontario and other agencies to help prepare clients to work in this field.

Precarious Employment Study

This research project will look at the prevalence of precarious employment in the Brantford CMA (Census Metropolitan Area), compared to Ontario as a whole. Statistical information from Statistics Canada and will be combined with some first-hand information from people working in precarious employment. The project will increase understanding of precarious employment so Employment Ontario and other agencies can plan their services to help clients.

Education WORKS Alliance

An ongoing project to build educational attainment and encourage Grand Erie residents to use education and training to improve their employability, while also boosting community prosperity. The EducationWORKS.ca website is a tool residents can use to find their pathway to education, training and lifelong learning. To learn more, visit the Education WORKS Alliance website HERE

2016-17 Partnerships
EmployerOne Survey

Year 4 of the EmployerOne Survey will continue to look at what are the current workforce, training and education needs of local employers. Employers will be encouraged to use findings from past surveys in their human resource stategies. The survey is promoted each year by a large group of partners from business, employment, education, community and economic development organizations.

Growing the Agricultural Workforce

This project will define the region’s labour market requirements in the agriculture sector; it will enhance agri-businesses ability to recruit and retain local talent, and it will identify emerging occupational and training trends that will support future job and economic sustainability and growth. A one-day forum will be held.

Journey to Apprenticeship

Employment Ontario and Ontario Works related services will receive an apprenticeship training tool that will support employee orientation and development in the area of apprenticeship.  This will result in clear, accurate, and up-to-date information reaching job seekers and learners, potentially increasing the number of candidates pursuing skilled trades.  The tool will also provide links to LMI about skilled trades occupations and employment opportunities.

Skills Assessment Tool (Phase 2)

We will move forward with Phase 2 of this project. We will work with Wilfrid Laurier’s serious gaming department to create an online, interactive tool using “serious gaming” techniques which will incorporate assessment and teaching components designed to help employers, employment services and jobseekers understand and develop the soft skills required in today’s workplace.

Grand Erie Immigration Partnership

Work continues to ensure Grand Erie continues to become and is recognized as a welcoming community for newcomers. To learn more, visit the Grand Erie Immigration Partnership’s website HERE.

Education WORKS Alliance

An ongoing project to build educational attainment and encourage Grand Erie residents to use education and training to improve their employability, while also boosting community prosperity. The EducationWORKS.ca website is a tool residents can use to find their pathway to education, training and lifelong learning. To learn more, visit the Education WORKS Alliance website HERE

2015-16 Partnerships
EmployerOne Survey

Year 3 of the EmployerOne Survey will look at employer needs around workforce skills, training and education. Information gathered provides valuable year-over-year insight into the local labour market, employer hiring practices, hard-to-fill jobs, and other subjects. The survey is promoted by a large group of community partners from business, employment, education, community and economic development organizations.

Manufacturing Day

A  day of industry tours will take place on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The tours will introduce participants – students, jobseekers, EO counsellors and others – to today’s manufacturing environment, occupations in manufacturing, and career opportunities. Tours will be followed by a keynote speaker.

Skills Assessment Tool

A study will look at the feasibility of using an online, interactive tool that uses “serious gaming” techniques and technology to assess and teach the soft skills required in today’s workplace, as identified by area employers.

Behind the Scenes

The Workforce Planning Board will facilitate quarterly informal meetings with Employment Ontario Network agencies to increase collaboration, communication and integrative planning. Agenda items to include current labour market issues, insights into the needs of local employers, and sharing of ideas and best practices.

Grand Erie Immigration Partnership

Work continues to ensure Grand Erie continues to become and is recognized as a welcoming community for newcomers.

Education Works Alliance

An ongoing project to build educational attainment and encourage Grand Erie residents to use education and training to improve their employability, while also boosting community prosperity. The EducationWORKS.ca website is a tool residents can use to find their pathway to education, training and lifelong learning.

2014-15 Partnerships
EmployerOne Survey

Year 2 of the EmployerOne Survey will look at employer needs around workforce skills, training and education. Information gathered provides valuable year-over-year insight into the local labour market, and employer hiring practices, hard-to-fill jobs, and other subjects. The survey is promoted by a large group of community partners from business, employment, education, community and economic development organizations.

Focus on Manufacturing

This two-part project identifies the skills needs of manufacturers in Grand Erie. At the same time, an inventory of existing manufacturing-related programs, courses and supports will be compiled. The goal is to assist jobseekers obtain the core competencies and credentials they need to work in today’s advanced manufacturing.

Labour Market Information Project

This project identifies the Labour Market Information needs of jobseekers and students to help them make informed choices around employment, career planning, Second Career, and apprenticeships. Jobseekers will be surveyed regarding what labour market information they need, and the best format and delivery methods. The labour market information needs of employers will also be looked at.

Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship Strategy

Youth make up the largest share of Grand Erie’s unemployed but only a minority use employment service. The project helps define our youth population so we can meet their needs and conduct effective marketing.

Education Works Alliance

An ongoing project to build educational attainment and encourage Grand Erie residents to use education and training to improve their employability, while also boosting community prosperity. The EducationWORKS.ca website is a tool residents can use to find their pathway to education, training and lifelong learning.

Grand Erie Immigration Partnership

Work continues to ensure Grand Erie continues to become and is recognized as a welcoming community for newcomers.

Adult Learning Research Project

This project will reach out to Grand Erie residents to better understand the types of educational upgrading and training adult learners are seeking. It will also examine: if there’s a match between what people are seeking and what employers need; and identify barriers that prevent people from moving forward.

2013-14 Partnerships
Spotlight on Health Care

A “spotlight” on health care and health-care careers. Project will help inform Employment Ontario service providers about the occupational, educational and skill demands in today’s health-care professions. Will include a concise guide on top careers in local health care.

Literacy Resources for Apprentices

Resources will be developed to help apprentices be successful in completing the academic portion of their apprenticeships. Brochures will identify what resources are available in the community, including literacy organizations, to help them be successful.

Manufacturing Workforce Development Strategy

A detailed look at the changing skill levels and occupations in local manufacturing. Study will look at what entry, or low-skill, occupations have or are disappearing. It will also identify emerging skill needs of businesses, and what supports are available for new and existing staff to develop the required skills.

EmployerOne Survey

EmployerOne Survey is an employer survey that will focus on occupational growth, decline, skill shortages, recruitment methods and other issues. Employers will be invited to participate in the survey once a year, with the results to be shared among community and economic development agencies.

Education Works Alliance

An ongoing project to build educational attainment and encourage Grand Erie residents to use education and training to improve their employability, while also boosting community prosperity. Completion and launch of new website tool for residents to explore their educational and training pathways. This project is in the second year of its funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Grand Erie Immigration Partnership

Work continues to ensure Grand Erie continues to become and is recognized as a welcoming community for newcomers.

2012-13 Partnerships
Grand Erie Food Manufacturing Study

A study of Grand Erie’s $1-billion food manufacturing industry. Includes a report on the industry’s impact, labour force needs and challenges, and opportunities for growth, especially for job seekers. Includes a wage & benefit survey based on interviews with local food companies. Also includes a 4-page career guide.

Think Safety!

A workshop aimed at frontline staff at Employment Ontario service providers to bring them up-to-date information on what kinds of health & safety training/requirements their clients may face in the workplace. Provides EO service provider staff with easy-to-use resources on H & S information.

Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship Strategy

Developing a strategy to encourage youth employment & entrepreneurship across Grand Erie. Strategy and recommendations based on consultations with young workers and with employers. Strategy designed, in part, to help retain educated young workers and entrepreneurs to they can help build a vibrant local economy.

Tourism and Customer Service Strategy

Strategy included a workshop on how tourism operators and small businesses can provide exceptional customer service to retain and gain customers. A Customer Service Handbook was published aimed at small businesses. Meanwhile, a career guide was developed and posted to our website called Hospitality & Tourism: Careers to Discover! Tourism is a growth industry in Grand Erie.

Education Works Alliance

An ongoing strategy to encourage adults in Grand Erie to use education and training opportunities to boost their employability and build community prosperity. Ontario Trillium Foundation funding allows this initiative to continue and grow. A second Education Works Champions newspaper section, profiling local education heroes, was published. Work started on developing an online portal for individuals to discover education and training pathways.

Grand Erie Immigration Partnership

Work is ongoing to help ensure Grand Erie becomes a welcoming community for newcomers. Work includes an employment guide for newcomers.

Previous Partnerships

To view out partnerships prior to 2012, please click this LINK to visit Our Partnership Database. You can then search for and learn about prior Partnerships.