Employer survey across Algoma to provide further insight into the local labour market

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labour-market1The Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC) is calling on employers across Algoma to complete the employer one survey to help better understand the local workforce issues and challenges facing local businesses. The survey is designed to collect information from employers on a range of workforce issues, including the current and projected workforce needs of their business, the demographics of their workforce, projected vacancies, recruitment strategies and challenges, their perspective on candidate skills, education and training, top competencies needed in their business, and any ongoing concerns.

Jonathan Coulman, Executive Director of AWiC believes that “the information from this survey will be invaluable. It will not only benefit employers but employment service providers, education/training organizations, job-seekers and others.” He adds that “while we already engage employers in a number of ways, hearing directly from employers across all industries about their specific labour market needs will help provide us with a more accurate picture of what is real and what is not.” Although the planning board uses various data sources to produce their annual local labour market report, Coulman feels that “the results of this project will help shed more light on local workforce issues, especially in light of the region’s current economic realities.”

The employerone survey is available online at awic.ca and planning board staff will be reaching out to various employers and business associations to encourage participation. In addition, AWiC is working with local stakeholders across the region to help reach as many employers as possible in each community.

The survey closes November 25th. Once complete, the data will be analyzed and a report will be available early in January 2017. This is the 3rd annual survey and previous years’ results can be found at awic.ca.

Local planning boards such as AWiC, are funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development through the Employment Ontario Branch. There are twenty-five planning boards/areas across Ontario.