Vol 6, Issue 1, June 3 2021
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: WPH is hiring; #WorkforceWednesday; 21st Century Digital Skills; MicrocredentialsHamilton Labour Force Information April 2021
Join Our WPH Staff Team!
Workforce Planning Hamilton is hiring an administrative coordinator to cover a maternity leave. Please share the role details with anyone you think may be a good fit to join our team!

The role requires independent work to manage key areas of the business. This position handles multiple projects within a fast-paced environment and is open to constant challenge and change. The Coordinator develops and maintains positive working relationships with all contacts inside and outside WPH. It is expected that the Coordinator achieves results in the absence of day-to-day supervision. This position is a one-year contract maternity leave cover. This position is mostly remote based with the possibility of hybrid work in the office. This is a full-time position – 37.5 hours per week. Salary and benefits to be discussed at interview.
Every Wednesday we are posting our #WorkforceWednesday feature - allowing Hamilton businesses to share their latest information, promotions, sales, programs and more! This feature is open to all businesses from all sectors whether you are a restaurant, service, retail business and everything in between. Send us a some images, a video, or whatever you have for marketing and a little information and we will post it and share it with our community to help spread the word!

21st Century Digital Skills
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For years economist and workforce development teams have been discussing the growing need for digital skills in the workplace for people to have a competitive advantage and to be successful in today's changing economy that is heavily digitally based. It is evident that the increasing digitization of the economy and society will require students to become comfortable with technology to prepare for the future. In turn, this also requires teachers to be supported to develop the skills and knowledge required to fully utilize the capabilities of technology, whether in the classroom or in a hybridized model that utilizes distributed online learning.

A report on Competencies, Innovations and Curriculum in Canada explores examples of how innovative digital technologies such as 3D printing, AI, VR/AR, Apps, Gamification, and LMS tools are being incorporated into Canadian classrooms to develop future-ready skills and competencies, and which skills and competencies are best developed through their adoption in K-12 schools.

Microcredential Programs on the Rise in Canada
A new report released by the Higher Education Quality Council of Canada on current views about microcredentials in Canada reveals a majority of higher education institutions are keen to create these concise, competency-focused upskilling programs, and many say the COVID-19 pandemic has made them even more relevant. The report focused on microcredentials from three key stakeholders groups: universities and colleges, prospective students and employers.

When it came to target markets, most institutions are gearing their microcredential programming to working adults looking to change their occupation (92 per cent) and to current/potential employees of their industry partners (91 per cent). Respondents said microcredentials could help address gaps in transferrable (86 per cent) and technical (81 per cent) skills. Most (90 per cent) were open to partnering with industry or community organizations to create microcredentials.

Hamilton Labour Force Information: April 2021

The Hamilton COVID Concierge for Business is a one-stop online resource centre and phone line dedicated to supporting Hamilton businesses with their COVID-19 business questions and concerns.
Hamilton businesses can call the COVID Concierge at 905-521-3989 (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm) or Contact Us online.

The Hamilton COVID Concierge for Business is brought to you by the Hamilton COVID Concierge Team, comprised of the City of Hamilton and the three local Chambers of Commerce.
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