Welcome to Workforce WindsorEssex’s October Update.

The first full-week Friday of the month, we send out information about what’s happening within our organization, the community, and our local labour market.

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New Report and Video on Windsor-Essex’s Participation Rate

The Windsor CMA has the 3rd lowest participation rate in Canada. The participation rate measures the percentage of the working-age population (15+ years of age and older) that is working or looking for work. This is problematic in periods of low unemployment and high demand for workers.

We have released our Examining the Participation Rate report and video which looks into this number, contributing factors, and ways we can address them.

Workforce WindsorEssex is Hiring!

Are you looking to use your knowledge, skills and experience to make a real difference in our community? At Workforce WindsorEssex, you can be part of a great team of people who work hard to deliver resources to jobseekers, employers, students, educators, newcomers, key decision makers and the community so that they can save time, money and effort.

Project Coordinator
Deadline: TODAY, Friday, October 5, 2018

Workforce WindsorEssex is hiring a Project Coordinator to support the development and implement of the Coordinated Capacity-Focused Settlement Assessment Systems (CCSAS) project.

Communications Coordinator
Deadline: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Workforce WindsorEssex is hiring a Communications Coordinator to perform communication duties related to social media, labour market dissemination, project work and community engagement and outreach.

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Keep Up-to-Date on Bridge Employment 

Last week, Windsor–Detroit Bridge Authority announced that they signed a fixed-priced contract with Bridging North America for $5.7 billion to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe Bridge.

Want to stay informed about the employment opportunities associated with the new bridge? Check out our new page which collects these job postings. Also, sign up for WEjobs which sends out regular emails on local job and training opportunities.

Monthly Job Demand Report: September 2018

We released the Job Demand Report for last month, examining 2,832 job postings from 8 local municipalities:

  • The most in-demand technical skill is Microsoft Office
  • The top two industries hiring in September: Hospitality / Services and Manufacturing Resources 
  • 86% of all jobs posted were for full time positions 

Get the full report here, including more information on in-demand skills and top occupations.

Get Ready for Job Day 2018

Job Day is Friday, October 19th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the WFCU Centre. Funded by Employment Ontario, Job Day is a single day job and information fair, a collaborative effort between New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc. and community partners, including Workforce WindsorEssex.

Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet employers and gather company and career information by visiting over 50 booths. Job Day has free admission and childcare.

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Manufacturing Day 2018

Workforce WindsorEssex and the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation are proud to have hosted Manufacturing Day today, October 5th, 2018.

Manufacturing is our region’s largest industry, employing over 29,000 people in Windsor-Essex. Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for industry and education to work together to educate students for in-demand careers.

Check out the adventures from the day on our Instagram and Twitter.

September 2018 Labour Force Survey Release:

We released monthly information gathered from our Labour Force Survey and Statistics Canada about the local labour force:

  • The unemployment rate increased by 0.7% to 7.3% in September 
  • The participation rate increased 0.4% to 59.7% last month

Read the report here, including more on employment in the region.

Sharing Best Practices – SPICE Presentation

WE LIP was honoured to have been asked to once again deliver the SPICE Up Your Service Delivery presentation. The information was presented on September 17, 2018 via Skype to attendees of the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) Employment and Income Social Assistance Network (EIIN) meeting.

The sharing of best practices focused on the successful outcomes of the SPICE committee and how a municipality can work collaboratively with settlement organizations to deliver services to immigrants and refugees. Following the presentation, Mary Ellen Bernard was invited to speak about the SPICE Committee at the upcoming 2018 OMSSA Zone 1 Fall Conference being held on October 10, 2018 in Chatham.

In Case You Missed It:

  • We interviewed Shakera Reid-Rathwell, an Employment Counselor with the Unemployed Help Centre about her role and how she got started. 
  • Workforce WindsorEssex is pleased to sponsor the WORK section of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation’s 2018 Vital Signs Report. Take a look

A Farewell:

My name is Sarah Morris, the author of these newsletters, and I’ve been the Labour Market Communications Coordinator with Workforce WindsorEssex.  I made the difficult decision to leave my position at Workforce WindsorEssex and my last day will be October 12th.

I have learned an incredible amount, been part of great projects, and worked with an amazing team of staff and community partners. Thank you to everyone!