Labour Market Supply and Demand Analysis
This project seeks to identify and examine the labour market conditions (labour supply and demand) in Windsor-Essex. The project will utilize statistics in combination with informational interviews with local employers and organizations to understand the current labour market within the region. From this information updates to our community action plan will be annouced to improve labour market outcomes for the workforce in Windsor-Essex. To sign-up to recieve our e-newsletters, click here.
The WEskills Database is searchable by keyword and National Occupational Codes. So far, thousands of resumes have been inputted into the database. These resumes provide a regional skills profile that can be used to assist in attracting new businesses to the region, demonstrating that Windsor-Essex has a capable and available workforce.
Connecting Recent Grads to the Windsor-Essex Workforce
In partnership with the University of Windsor and the Centre for Career Education, students will be provided with information about “Beyond the Obvious” careers as profiled in WFWE's Promising Sectors & Occupations Windsor-Essex 2012-2015 report by arranging opportunities to meet local employers. In addition to increasing awareness of local opportunities, 125+ career profiles of university students will enter the WEskills Database.
"Power of Your Potential" Youth Conference
A one-day event connecting disadvantage youth to local employers and service providers. Partnering with the University of Windsor and several local service providers, a series of breakout sessions will assist high-school students from across Windsor-Essex to become more marketable and employable. …See more
Check out the event, see "Recapping the Youth-Led 'Power of Your Potential' conference"
This survey captures information on what sectors are doing well and what occupations are in-demand or on a downturn. Based on survey responses and comments, a “Labour Market Facts Sheet” is developed to help human resource professionals and anyone in business looking to recruit or retain talent.
Breaking the Mold: Manufacturing in Windsor-Essex
The manufacturing sector in Windsor-Essex has recently experienced growth through an increased demand for their products and services. Within the region, employers report a shortage of workers trained for many of the occupations within the manufacturing sector. As the manufacturing sector continues to diversify and grow, there is an increased need for skilled labour but enrollment within the post-secondary skilled trades programs has been declining for the past few years. In order to remain competitive and innovative as a region, the employment opportunities and technology being used within the manufacturing sector needs to be showcased to attract youth and other groups to considering a career in this sector.
Global Talent in Windsor-Essex Guide
Working with the Local Immigration Partnership Council, a series of articles aims to inform local employers and the community at large about the contributions of our newcomer and immigrant talent pool. The Global Talent in Windsor-Essex resource guide will feature articles and personal success stories detailing helpful job search tips, and employer/client stories.
Researching the growing sector of agri-business to identify occupational information of jobs that are traditionally associated with this sector and related jobs that have practical application to the needs of employers in the agricultural sector, such as supply chain management and technical specialists. The report includes feedback from employers on challenges and opportunities for those interested in entering the workforce. A summary video highlights occupations and employer expectations.
Building on the momentum of the Promising Sectors and Occupations report, ten job profiles containing key information on entry level positions will be detailed in a series of bulletins, which will also highlighting local Employment Ontario Programs and Services.
Tech is in Our Future: Talent for the ICT Sector in Windsor-Esssex
Partnering with WEtech Alliance and the Information and Communications Technology Council, WFWE will identify the region’s growing talent needs and challenges within the ICT sector. A series of e-bulletins and a final report will identify the appropriate skills and knowledge needed to support the region’s innovation and growth.
Global Skills Inventory
In partnership with The Windsor Essex County Local Immigration Partnership, WFWE will add 250 resumes of internationally trained individuals to the WEskills Database. With the addition of these resumes, the talents and skills that newcomers and immigrants to Windsor-Essex will be highlighted and showcased. …See more
To assist employers and businesses that are newly locating in Windsor-Essex, WFWE, with the support of Human Resources Professionals Association of Windsor and District and several community partners will develop a collection of resources, tools and HR information. The final manual will be organized into a “toolbox”, which small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) can utilize if they do not have a dedicated HR individual or department, or to improve current HR practices.
This project will produce a print and online report incorporating demographic analysis and employer feedback to identify sectors and occupations in demand in Windsor-Essex between 2012 and 2015. It is the goal of this report to showcase sectors and occupations that are the most promising in order to assist the unemployed, underemployed and employed to make viable training and career decisions. It is also a goal of the report to recognize occupations most likely to experience labour market shortages in the coming three years.
The focus of this report was to conduct a gap analysis between the skills required by the Renewable Energy companies located in Windsor-Essex and the skills of the existing labour force. The project will also communicate training requirements to local educators so that available courses/programs can be identified and new courses or programs can be developed.
Valuing Our Rising Stars
As a measure to retain young, local talent, WFWE will be investigating the current methods of interaction between our youth and current employers. Previous research has found a gap between available talent and employment in the growing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. With the assistance of local technology accelerator, WEtech Alliance, and the Passport to Prosperity program in Windsor-Essex, WFWE will develop a series of feature articles profiling best practices and innovative youth engagement strategies.
WFWE's Innnovative Workforce Toolbox provides small-to-medium sized business employers, employees and job searchers with the tools and resources to self-assess their current employment practices and apply an entrepreneurial way of thinking as a means to achieve competitive advantage and add more value to the workplace. The project will produce two sets of tools – one for employers and one for employees/job searchers – that encourage a way of working which can be considered creative, innovative and passionate throughout all levels of an organization.
Wise5 - Winning Strategies for Immigrant Entrepreneurship
The Wise5 project will help immigrants create opportunities for entrepreneurship and job creation in Ontario. Building on existing knowledge, primary research into services and supports that work well, and interviews with immigrant entrepreneurs themselves, this project will identify key ingredients to successful business supports in five communities in southwestern Ontario: Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara, and Windsor.
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