Volume 4: Issue 1. April 14, 2023

Leaders in Workforce Development

Hamilton's Labour Market Connection

Labour Market Updates, News & Community Info

This Week:

The Latest from WPH: Local Labour Market Plan Launched; March 2023 LMI Snapshot, WPH Board Member Hiring

Who's Hiring in Hamilton: Arcelor Mittal Dofaco, Norstar Windows & Doors, Salvation Army

Community Updates: Youth Employment Network starting again; Free Beginning Computer Classes at St.Charles; YMCA Bridge to Work program; Invest in Hamilton Labour Force Participant Survey

News: Canadian employers can get up to $10,000 for hiring a new first-year apprentice; Skills Mapping

The Latest From WPH

We are Hamilton's leaders in Workforce Development

WPH's 2023 Local Labour Market Plan Launched

We have launched our Local Labour Market Plan report to provide a much-needed update on Hamilton’s labour market. The report was a collaborative effort between employers, employment service providers and community stakeholders and highlights community priorities and challenges. Overall, 2022 was a tumultuous year for Hamilton, faced by record-low unemployment, high inflation, and labour shortages in various sectors.

Click below to read the Local Labour Market Plan report:

LLMP English Version

LLMP French Version

March 2023 Labour Market Snapshot

The snapshot for March's labour market information has been released. WPH’s monthly snapshots offer an insight into the latest labour market trends for each month. The reports highlight economic trends and employment statistics for Ontario and the Hamilton region. Indicators are sourced from Statistic Canada’s most up-to-date Labour Force Survey data each month. Pages 3-4 use data on seasonally adjusted three-month moving averages, fluctuations in numbers snapshot-by-snapshot may occur.

Click here to read the March snapshot.

Last Call to Join WPH's Board of Directors!

Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH) is a local community planning organization that builds solutions to labour market issues by engaging stakeholders and working with partners

Our organization is looking to add to its existing Board of Directors.

We are seeking volunteer members who are knowledgeable and passionate individuals who have an interest in employment, training, education, labour market information, economic planning, human resources, and general business operations.

As a member of the Board, you will use your professional experience and networks to ensure we stay connected to the community and support us in attracting and growing our economic partnerships.

The requirements of our Board Directors are to attend the scheduled Board meetings (6 – 8 per year) and participate in the governance activity which would include:

  • -Community engagement
  • -Board governance oversight
  • -Strategic planning for the fiscal year
  • -Annual financial audit review

Interested applicants should forward a current resume and cover letter outlining governance experience, Hamilton community involvement, and relevant knowledge and skills to Michelle Butcher, Administration & Communications Coordinator by April 17th 2023 at 12:00am

Email: michelle.butcher@workforceplanninghamilton.ca

Who's Hiring In Hamilton?

Click here for WPH's Job Board

Arcelor Mittal Dofasco is hiring for an Environmental Sustainability Engineer, Global R&D Hamilton

Click here to view job posting!

Norstar Windows and Doors is hiring for General Construction Labourer.

Click here to view job posting!

The Salvation Army is hiring a Residental Worker.

Click here to view job posting!

#HamOnt Community Updates

Find out what's happening in our community

WPH Reinstated the Youth Employment Network

The Youth Employment Network is back up and running!

Join the various community partners to support Hamilton's youth with employment by connecting with community partners with the same goal. Meetings are bi-monthly and by joining you will not have to commit to too many hours of your busy work life but will gain excellent community connections to support youth with employment.

If you are interested or want to know more please email YEN Chair michelle.butcher@workforceplanninghamilton.ca

St. Charles Computer Classes for Beginners

St Charles is pleased to offer in-person computer classes for beginners free of charge! Participants will learn how to navigate the internet, how to send an email and an introduction to Microsoft Word. Reach out to info@stcharles.ca

YMCA Bridge to Work Program

YMCA is starting another session this spring for the Bridge to Work program. The program consists of 4 weeks of employment readiness training for those interested in careers in Early Childhood Education. Participants will receive one-on-one mentorship and a 16-week work placement. Placements often lead to permanent employment.

Invest in Hamilton: Labour Force Participant Survey

This project is led by the City of Hamilton to understand the needs of the local workforce. Your feedback is critical and will help us better understand the challenges experienced by the workforce and supports needed to address them. This survey is intended for individuals who are working in or looking for work in Hamilton.

The survey will take approximately 12-15 minutes of your time, and your responses will be kept completely confidential. 

Please share with your contacts and partners!

Complete the survey here!

What's in the News?

Canadian Employers: Get up to $10,000 For Hiring a New First-Year Apprentice!

$5,000 is available for qualifying employers who hire a new first-year apprentice in one of 39 construction and/or manufacturing Red Seal trades.

An additional $5,000 is available if the apprentice self-identifies to being from at least one of the following groups:

  • Women
  • Indigenous people
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Visible minorities
  • LGBTQ2+ individuals

Your company must have fewer than 500 paid employees per CRA business number. If your company has multiple divisions with multiple business numbers, each division with fewer than 500 employees may qualify.

Read more here!

Skills Mapping: Turning Skills to Workforce Gold

Studies show that while a skill used to last 15 to 20 years, the shelf-life of any skill is now only 3 to 5 years. This requires a new level of agility to learn, unlearn and relearn multiple times throughout our careers.

Learning can’t be one-and-done. It should happen over the course of our lifetimes. This requires a new level of agility to learn, unlearn and relearn multiple times throughout our careers and an entirely new operating model for businesses.

Companies don’t stand still, and the market doesn’t stand still — and therefore, jobs shouldn’t stand still. If leaders accept this new reality and believe in making people more dynamic, they will reap the benefits with better productivity, efficiency and employee experiences.

Read more here!

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