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NTAB’s Partnerships for 2019-2020

APP457 – In-Demand Skilled Trades  

This project aims to add local perspectives to the understanding of labour market conditions for the skilled trades in Ontario. The project aims to provide insights on the local labour market conditions for the skilled trades through engagement with local employers at a level of granularity unavailable in most data sets and reports. The evidence collected from the project will help inform how government, industry and local communities can work together to increase the talent pipeline to help business growth and support industry competitiveness in the province, particularly in key sectors.

Why is this issue a priority in our area?

It is a priority because many businesses are struggling to fill apprentice positions.

Key Partners:

NTAB as the lead.

Partners: N/A.  However, we will be speaking with as many trades employers as possible.

Expected Outcome:

The project intends to leverage knowledge of local labour markets that is based on research and engagement already completed or being undertaken with local employers. It is important to build on work already underway or completed in carrying out occupational demand and supply analysis through on to one conversations with employers, to gain a better understanding of what skilled trades positions are “in-demand” at the local level and why. It is also important to understand the training and recruitment challenges that employers are facing for hard-to-fill positions and differences that may exist across communities.

Status: Project Ongoing.

 

ABO75 – Cross Cultural Awareness  

We plan to feature speakers from Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network (DAARN) and Dryden Native Friendship Centre (DNFC) to speak on how to better engage the Indigenous workforce. We would invite E.O. service providers from both districts to attend as well as employers. We can add more locations in order to increase access and participation.

Why is this issue a priority in our area?

It is a priority because many businesses are struggling to have enough employees to run their business. This is also the largest growing population in many of our urban areas and there needs to be more encouragement to change the participation rate of employment in the two districts. We continue to have jobs that need people and people that need jobs. (Rick Miner 2010).

Key Partners:

NTAB as the lead.

Partners: DAARN, DNFC, NEW, Literacy, Employers, 7 Generations, Equay-Wuk from Sioux Lookout, Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong and other Indigenous agencies are welcomed to participate.

Expected Outcome:

More dialogue to bridge the gap between how cultural differences may be affecting the job rates and the retention of Indigenous people in the workforce and the employers that need more workers. With this there could be increased Indigenous employment and a reduction in the job vacancies across the districts. From our data we see that the participation rates in employment in our two districts need to be increased.

Status: Planning Stage.

OWD782 – NTAB Informational Calendar for 2020

Using our most relevant data create a calendar for distribution among our partners and stakeholders. Each month would have a topic and information that tells our story and shares local intelligence and challenges and gaps. The topics would be based on our trends; aging population, in-migration, training, skilled trades, older workers/generation gap, health care, hospitality and tourism, shifts in key employment sectors, literacy and essential skills, and Indigenous workforces. We can also showcase the use of EO services. This would be a tool for keeping our brand and logo fresh and relevant and would give NTAB more exposure and have others that might not know what our services are see how we can be of assistance providing the information needed to be aware of the work that we do. It would be a way to share our success stories and best practices as well.

Why is this issue a priority in our area?

This is a priority in our two districts because of the last Municipal elections a lot of seats changed at the tables that we participate at. This would be a way to network and make sure that all of our new contacts have a good understanding of the work that we do; how they can use it while also creating more exposure for future partnership activities.

Key Partners:

NTAB as the lead – share it with all of our partners, stakeholders and community members in both the Kenora and Rainy River Districts.

Expected Outcome:

NTAB would look at distributing these calendars through the use of the local Chambers of Commerce to target employers, businesses and all of the Employment Ontario Service providers. It could also be sent out as our December Christmas greeting card to our mail outs.

Status: Project complete and calendars have been mailed.

 

BUS1092 – Employer Informational Breakfasts

Work with the Employment Ontario Service providers to host employer breakfasts in both regions. The purpose of these breakfast meetings would be to help make employers more aware of the programs that E.O.’s have to assist them with getting and retaining a workforce. It would also give the E.O.’s an opportunity to provide the information on the latest incentives that are available and increase the usage of their programs.

Why is this issue a priority in our area?

This issue is a priority in both of the districts because employers seem reluctant to take advantage of the financial and other initiatives that are being offered. NTAB wants to bring people physically together so that any questions or help in understanding how to utilize these programs can be encouraged.

Key Partners:

Lead – Employment Ontario Service providers, employers and NTAB as partners.

Expected Outcome:

More exposure of the programs available from Employment Ontario Service Providers will encourage the hiring and retention of their clients which can assist in the workforce shortages in both of the two districts of Kenora and Rainy River and increase participation rates. This can then help with more utilization of the available programs that are there to assist employers and employees.

Status: Project completed on May 6, 2019 in Kenora.

 

BUS1093 – Mentoring and Succession Planning Video

NTAB would create another video talking to senior workers showcasing their experiences and the ability to mentor. NTAB would also feature younger workers asking them what they feel would be most beneficial to them in their learning curve and how we can match these two generations. Employers and service providers could use it as a training video like they have with the Soft Skills video.

Why is this issue a priority in our area?

From our data and research NTAB knows that our workforce is aging. From our Employment Ontario data we learned that 78% of the current workforce will be eligible to retire in the next 8 years and another 112% following 10 years later. We already have a workforce shortage and unless there is a massive in-migration to our two districts this problem will only get worse.

Key Partners:

NTAB as the lead; senior workers, young employees, and Employment Ontario Service providers.

Expected Outcome:

Another tool created and easily shared in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts, Employment Service Providers, Literacy and any other agencies that access our web-site. (As well as YouTube users).

Status: Planning Stage.

NTAB’s Partnerships for 2018-2019

BUS1043 – Change Management Curve:

Change happens in the workplace and when it does, those who are expected to deal with it are not always ready willing and able to do so effectively. “Strategies for Working in an Unstructured & Hectic Work Environment” will be used to introduce participants to some new methods of managing change while at the same time reacquainting them with some tried, tested and true coping strategies.  Some examples that will be covered are as follows; investigate and identify the relevance of change in the workplace, identify the losses, gains and how to manage opportunities for change, assess personal stressors and recognize the positive impacts of change, and identify and implement strategies that work in a busy fast paced workplace.

Why is this issue a priority in your area?

Supervisors, managers, business owners, front line staff and anyone else who experiences change in the workplace need to have the resources to handle such change(s) in order to establish insight and subsequent preparation complete with contingency plans to move forward with success-based workplace scenarios.

Key Partners:

NTAB, Patricia Area Community Endeavours (PACE), Dryden District Chamber of Commerce, Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce.

Expected Outcomes:

The workshop is designed to address defining and understanding change, change investigation, the four stage model of change, change and stresses in the workplace, and transfer to the workplace.  Those having to deal with change in the workplace will be better able to do so.

Status: Project completed.

OWD760 – Worker Supply for the Service Sector:

Address the needs and barriers affecting the local services sector, to better understand the barriers that exist and how to overcome them. Create a model to use in both the Kenora and Rainy River Districts, using “Pathways to Employment in Kenora’s Services Sector.”

Why is this issue a priority in your area?

This is a priority because some business in both districts are being forced to close during peak business hours due to the fact they are unable to access the workforce needed to perform the jobs in order to be able to stay open.

Key Partners:

Municipalities, Businesses, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Officers, and NTAB.

Expected Outcomes:

Have a marketing campaign showing what is available in our two regions; Available jobs, housing costs, cost of living, recreational opportunities. We want to encourage “IN-MIGRATION.”

Status: Project completed.

OWD761 – Pathways to Employment:

Career Paths: Create a survey of 12 – 15 questions that focus on specific training needs in the two districts. What classes are being offered to cover these needs? What are the top industry necessities? Is there a match between what is being taught versus what is needed?

Why is this issue a priority in your area?

Students need to choose a career path that will lead to actual jobs at the end of their training/schooling. The mismatch is great in our two regions and we need to concentrate on how to lessen this.

Key Partners:

Employment Services, Literacy, Ontario Works, Employers, Guidance Councillors and Civic class teachers, and NTAB.

Expected Outcomes:

The promotion of the career paths identified by employers from our Employer One surveys in the last fiscal to fulfill the workforce planning needs of the Kenora and Rainy River Districts. School guidance councillors are not always aware of local labour market issues and Employment Ontario Service Providers and NTAB would like the opportunity to talk to students about the current workforce needs and provide them with the knowledge and awareness of what current employers are looking for.

Status: Project completed.

OWD762 – Soft Skills:

Develop a set of videos that Employment Ontario Service Providers and Ontario Works can use with their clients to help marginalized or people with other barriers see how important soft skills are. The videos will feature different employers talking about what they are looking for in future employees. Each video will then showcase a different soft skill required: Example: Good Communication, Eye Contact, Greeting Customers, etc.

Performance Measure:

It will give the clients the opportunity to see what an employer is looking for prior to actually going for an interview. It will provide them with visual practice interview skills and improve their confidence levels.

Why is this issue a priority in your area?

This is a priority due to the fact that we have a large number of marginalized people that have multiple barriers due to the fact they may have migrated in from Northern Indigenous communities and need more support in order to succeed in their pursuit of meaningful employment or have been on Ontario Works for an extended period of time and need the extra help attaining the soft skills required to be successful in gaining employment, as well as keeping the job.

Key Partners:

Employers, Employment Ontario Service Providers, NTAB, Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong, and Severn Generations Education Institute.

Expected Outcomes:

This would create a tool easily shared in both the Kenora and Rainy River Districts. Employment Service Providers, Literacy, and any other organizations that are trying to help people with multi-barrier issues become successful in not just attaining employment, but more positive in keeping the job. Agencies that are promoting programs like Youth Job Connect could greatly benefit from showing their clients how soft skills are needed when you enter/stay in the workforce.

Status: Project completed.

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