A new online information guide makes it easier for residents to find local workforce-related resources and services.
The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie has added the Workforce Gateway tool to the large group of tools it already provides local job seekers and businesses.
Residents in Brantford, Six Nations, New Credit and Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties can find services by answering several questions related to job hunting, running a business, boosting education and skills, or about community services.
Once someone narrows their search, the new online info guide will show them a list of local services and resources they can connect with.
“The Workforce Gateway connects people and businesses to a wealth of information and hundreds of services, all housed in one place,” said Danette Dalton, the board’s executive director. “We have tremendous services and supports in our communities, but it isn’t always easy to find out about them.”
Dalton said people looking for jobs or to build their skills could tap into numerous community services, such as talking to an employment counsellor, improving computer skills, writing resumes, learning about apprenticeships, finding daycares, renewing a driver’s license and getting a criminal reference check.
“One of our Government’s top priorities is to address the skilled worker shortage and labour force issues in general,” said Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma. “To see the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie centralize a place where job-seekers, entrepreneurs, educators and community services interact in one easy to navigate portal is a huge stride to achieving our common goals.”
The new online info guide also helps inform businesses about topics such as recruiting employees, government financial support programs, networking, employment standards regulations and more.
“The Gateway complements our existing Grand Erie Jobs online tools and adds more ways for business owners to find the information and services they can use to grow,” Dalton said.
Grand Erie Jobs features 8 different online tools, including the area’s most comprehensive job board and a Job Map that shows the location of job openings and community services.