Vol 10, Issue 2, October 8, 2021
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week’s edition: why anchoring identify and values matters for jobseekers in today's economy, Career Ladders Webinar registration link , Q2 Data Report in Hamilton's Labour Market and Virtual youth committee volunteer opportunity.
Why anchoring identity and values matters for jobseekers in today’s economy

The past five years have seen the rise of tumultuous events and technologies affecting virtually every industry and economy ranging from health care to transportation. These events and technologies include the rise of digital disruption such as big data, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence and platform technologies as well as the effects of COVID-19 that are radically transforming how we understand entire economies, industries and ourselves. These shifts lead us to a broader question: How do we define our values in a fluid and potentially disruptive ecosystem of change? Moreover, what does it mean to have an impactful career in this newer context?

How and why challenging the concept of horizontal and linear careers is necessary

To answer both questions requires that we no longer can see our careers as just fitting into a specific path and organizational outcome. In the past, institutions and organizations functioned more as a closed system whereby they could control economies and individuals. For example, if we look back 100 years, much of how individuals saw themselves was defined by the skills development and career pathways that their employer dictated they would follow. Schools followed easily in concert by training students for economic needs demanded by industry rather than emphasizing how individuals could be more independently resourceful and entrepreneurial.
Career Ladders Webinar
Thursday October 28, 2021 10:am - 11:30 am
Webinar This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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Career Ladders Join us to learn more about the online career ladder frameworks we developed in these 2 sectors. These frameworks highlight the skills, training options and local labour market information for in-demand entry-level jobs in the region. They show pathways to a range of midlevel jobs for advancement. These frameworks are a great resource for adult educators, employment practitioners, job seekers and employers.

For more information, please contact careerladders@abea.on.ca.
Key Trends in Hamilton's Labour Market
Q2 Data Report in Hamilton's Labour Market
  • After the spike in the unemployment rate following the public health restrictions, the unemployment rate has decreasing dramatically in 2021
  • In June 2021 the unemployment rate was 4.7% compared to 12.1% in June of 2020
  • Industrial, electrician, and construction trades jobs grew the most in quarter 2, growing by 4,130 jobs
  • Assisting occupations in support of health services declined the most in total jobs decreasing by -4,470 jobs
  • There has been a large increase in job postings this quarter relative to last year, with over 8,817 job vacancies in quarter 2 in Hamilton
  • Wages only saw a slight increase from the previous year, increasing from $20.42 to $21.78
Sign Up to Youth Committee & Receive $10.00 Gift Card Of Your Choice
Workforce Planning Hamilton is seeking young professionals interested in digital job development in the Hamilton region. WPH has been able to connect with you individually to discuss our upcoming Virtual Youth Committee.

The goal for this committee is to develop a community wide strategy to support high youth unemployment rates and to assist youth in the Hamilton region in navigating labour market information. This committee of youth and employers will be able to create a digital platform that will feature centralized information for youth in Hamilton. Our hope is that this information will ultimately help youth with networking opportunities, hiring processes, employer advice, and provide youth with a better grasp of what Hamilton’s labour market reveals to support with employment decisions.

Please reach out if you 15-29 years old and send your resume before Friday October 29th, 2021 : info@workforceplanninghamilton.ca 

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