Live Epic Jobs skilled trades event for students cancelled

Live Epic Jobs skilled trades event for students cancelled

Epic Jobs, an annual event that introduces almost 2,000 area students to the skilled trades, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Running at two locations – the Wayne Gretzky Sport Centre and the Sanderson Centre – Epic Jobs in its 4th year, features high profile industry speakers and around 50 exhibitor booths ranging from major local companies such as Tigercat, Brantford Power and Stelco to various community organizations, training centres and colleges such as Conestoga College who recently invested in its school of trades. 

The event has been widely supported by the community in its mission of getting young people into the trades. Skilled trades shortages have been a growing issue in Grand Erie for some time. 

Planning partners, which include the public and Catholic school boards, are currently meeting with digital experts to explore a virtual version of Epic Jobs for 2020 to be presented online. 

Sponsors and exhibitors who registered for the 2020 event can each expect to hear from the planning committee soon with more details. 

Epic Jobs is currently forging ahead as a live event for 2021 in its pursuit of engaging our youth – the future workforce – with skilled trades. There are new initiatives planned around the trades for 2021 contributing to a strong framework for Epic Jobs. 

Any parties who have questions, comments or feedback are welcome to contact The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie: epicjobs@workforceplanningboard.org / danette@workforceplanningboard.org

 *The COVID-19 crisis has made significant impacts in Grand Erie and around the world on business, livelihoods, and jobs. The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie is working with our community partners to generate a picture of how the crisis has impacted jobs, industry and families in our region in order to inform local-level responses.

 

COVID-19 worker impact survey launched

COVID-19 worker impact survey launched

Today, the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, in partnership with Workforce Planning West, has launched the COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey to help inform the development of employment-related initiatives to respond to this crisis. 

The COVID-19 crisis has already made significant impacts in Grand Erie and around the world on business, livelihoods, and jobs. Using the survey, the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie is aiming to generate a picture of how the crisis has impacted jobs and families in our region in order to inform local-level responses.

The survey, which will be active for 2 weeks, asks about the extent to which a worker’s employment status might have changed since March 2, 2020. The survey also asks workers about their occupation and the sector they work in, which will provide insight into which groups of workers have been most affected and in what ways.

The results of this survey will be published after the survey closes so that government, business and the community has a better understanding how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the workforce and to better inform efforts and advocacy locally

The COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey can be accessed at: bit.ly/c19wi-survey

The survey is active until Thursday, April 9, 2020.

We’re monitoring COVID-19’s impact on local labour market

We’re monitoring COVID-19’s impact on local labour market

COVID-19 is affecting almost everything, including the work we do as a community organization.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie is working to stay on top of how COVID-19 is impacting local businesses, organizations and residents, including workers laid off or working from home.

We would like to hear from businesses in Brantford, Six Nations, New Credit, and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk about COVID-19’s impact on them and their workforce.

Have you laid off workers? Have you had to stop or cut back production? Have you closed your business? Are you looking for workers?

We would also like to hear from employees who have been impacted: laid off, put on paid leave, working from home or are in an industry where working from home is not an option.

Workforce Planning Board staff are working remotely but are providing updates and news through our website and our social media channels. Our connect2SKILLS job training program will also be sharing updates through its social media channels.

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Recruitment & retention big issue: EmployerOne 2020

Recruitment & retention big issue: EmployerOne 2020

Many local employers say recruitment and retention challenges is a major concern, the 2020 EmployerOne survey found.

Our community’s seventh annual EmployerOne survey, conducted in January 2020, engaged 251 employers in Six Nations, New Credit, County of Brant, Haldimand County, Norfolk County and City of Brantford.

Fifty-nine percent of survey participants said retention is a top concern for their organization.

In addition, 86% of businesses reported that recruitment and retention challenges have impacted their business. The No. 1 impact was reduced productivity, followed by increased pressure on existing staff and negative impact on customer service.

This is one of many highlights from EmployerOne 2020. The full report is on our EmployerOne page.

What job seekers & employees are saying

What job seekers & employees are saying

With job attraction and staff retainment being major issues in our Grand Erie region, there’s been a need to hear the perspective of both job seekers and employees.

Gaining a broader understanding of workforce challenges as experienced by local workers and job seekers is the first step in developing strategies to help address hiring and retention issues – something identified as a priority by businesses, government and community service providers.

With the support of community partners, the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie surveyed almost 500 residents during the Summer and Fall of 2019.

Visit our Job Seeker & Employee Survey page to view our reports and infographics on the survey results.

Brantford area job market strong in 2019

Brantford area job market strong in 2019

Brantford’s jobless rate has climbed for the first time in six months, but 2019 overall saw strong job growth.

The city’s unemployment rate was 3.8% in December 2019, up from the historic low of 3.1% in November, according to seasonally adjusted estimates derived from a Statistics Canada survey of local households.

Norfolk’s jobless rate was 6% for December, monthly figures not adjusted for seasonal factors.

The year 2019 was a strong year for Brantford’s job market and employment growth. From 2018 to 2019, employment grew by 8,700 people to 78,700 people, according to annual Statistics Canada data, also released Friday. Three-quarters of the job growth in 2019 came in full-time work.

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