NTAB’s Partnerships for 2017-2018

EmployerOne Survey for 2017-2018 (BUS997)

Labour Market shortages, survey employers for 4th year, evaluate and analyze any changes, in collaboration with other northern boards for a northern picture. Identify the demand for the two regions as well as have a picture of all of NWO. Priority: This information is needed from employers to better identify the demand side issues and be able to share that information with EO’s to be able to match the skills needed from the supply side. This engages employers to come forward and help identify the skill gaps, employment opportunities, training needs and other demand issues. For the supply side it gives EO providers the evidence needed with greater insight to the barriers their clients are facing, preventing them from gaining employment. It also creates stronger linkages among employment services through partnership activities that focus on workforce needs.

Lead: Northwest Training and Adjustment Board

Key Partners: Community Futures Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, Municipalities, Educators, Employers and any other community partners wanting to assist.

Expected Outcomes: Current labour market information provided at a local level that helps to identify who is hiring, which occupations are most in demand, what levels of training are required to lead to employment in these areas, are employers finding these workers locally, how do they recruit are some of the answers that are answered. NTAB then produces a regional report as well as a Northern roll-up with their counterparts making this a useful tool for both the demand and supply sides of the industry.

Status: Project started.

I.T. Connection (YOU107)

Work with public and private school boards in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts.  Hold information technology workshops for high school students.  In order to meet the logistics of delivering these workshops throughout the geography of the Kenora and Rainy River Districts this could be a multi-year project.  The importance of Information Technology courses has recently been given a lower profile by School Boards since the introduction of “self-service” applications.  However, people are still required to develop these applications; to write the required codes.

Lead: Northwest Training and Adjustment Board

Key Partners: Northwest Innovation Centre, Northwest Business Centre, Keewatin Patricia District School Board, Rainy River District School Board, Catholic School Boards.

Expected Outcomes: Students interested in pursuing careers in Information Technology.

Status: In planning stage.

Career Information Forum and Hiring Fair (OWD743)

PT1 – CAREER INFORMATION FORUM (Kenora District):

PT2 – HIRING FAIR (Rainy River District):

PT1:  Work with public and private school boards in the Kenora District to endorse career option information to high school students.  Highlighted career options will include those careers where the demand will exceed the supply in the near future in our districts.

PT2:  Partner with the City of Fort Frances, Northern Community Development Services, and local employers to host a Hiring Fair.

Employers are struggling in both districts to hire and maintain a sustainable workforce.  Cultivate a future workforce by informing current students and the general public with timely and accurate viable career information from local employers representing industries and small and medium sized businesses.

Lead: Northwest Training and Adjustment Board

Key Partners: Northern Community Development Services, Kenora Patricia District School Board, Rainy River District School Board, Catholic School Boards, Dryden Forest Management Company, Domtar, Weyerhaeuser, FP Innovations, and Municipalities.

Expected Outcomes: A future and sustainable “homegrown” workforce.

Status: Some parts complete.  Some parts in planning stage.

Local Food Manufacturing and Distribution (OWD744)

Promote local food manufacturing, sales, and distribution. There is a lack of support for local food manufacturing. There is a growing movement in our two regions for local sustainable food sources. It has influenced new people to move into the area because of the availability of community gardens and local food sources. It supports our SMEs and has created numerous spin-off jobs. Currently it is at a critical point and needs to be supported so that it can continue to grow and move forward.

Lead: Northwest Training and Adjustment Board

Key Partners: Northwest Business Centre, Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op, Brew Co., Buster’s BBQ.

Expected Outcomes: Established local food manufacturing and support for SMEs.

Status: In planning stage.

NTAB’s Partnerships for 2016-2017

Forestry (BUS963)

Work with MNRF and forestry companies to assist the rebounding forest industry. Have good picture of the demand side and work with service providers and other community partners to assist in filling these needs. Issue and priority: This sector can create viable employment in both regions. NTAB needs to provide accurate information available to anyone looking to work in/with this industry. Employers are struggling in both regions to have and keep a sustainable workforce.

Lead: Northwest Training and Adjustment Board

Partners included: MNRF, KPDSB, Dryden Forest Management Company, Domtar, FP Innovations, and local contractors.

Expected Outcome: Value added – identify concrete value added projects, and find out the HR needs for the sector. Promote the Youth Job Connect with the help of EO providers to get marginalized people into this viable industry.

Status: Complete.

Tourism (OWD729)

Eco Tourism, market demographics, develop a tourism tool kit for businesses to use; motorcycle tours, RV tours, Path of the Paddle, or see if tourism operators want research on the changing markets, create a publication. Issue and priority: We need to promote tourism in the north and support that industry as it continues to grow and expand as an industry that supports our economies in both regions.

Lead: Northwest Training and Adjustment Board

Partners included:  Sunset Country Travel Association, Northwest Business Centre, tourism operators.

Expected Outcome: Identify current trends, wants, and needs of this sector and support a coordinated approach that aligns planning, marketing, product development, investment attractions and workforce development in both regions.

Status: Complete.

Apprenticeship (APP444)

Continue to work with Kenora and Atikokan to promote completion rates for the two districts. Issue and priority: There is a lack of skilled workers in both regions that is hampering the growth of the forest and mining industries that are both finding it hard to staff their operations.

Lead: Northwest Training and Adjustment Board

Partners may include: Employers, Ontario College of Trades, Unions, EO’s, Colleges, and employees.

Expected Outcome: We need to be able to continue to work with employers and employees to increase the workforces available in our regions. To do this we are developing materials that assist all stakeholders involved with this initiative. The sharing of information and ideas is one way to move this forward. NTAB will develop rack cards for the four categories of the Apprenticeship trades.

Status: Complete.

EmployerOne Survey for 2016-2017 (BUS964)

Labour Market shortages, survey employers for 3rd year, evaluate and analyze any changes, in collaboration with other northern boards for a northern picture. Identify the demand for the two regions as well as have a picture of all of NWO. Priority: This information is needed from employers to better identify the demand side issues and be able to share that information with EO’s to be able to match the skills needed from the supply side. This engages employers to come forward and help identify the skill gaps, employment opportunities, training needs and other demand issues. For the supply side it gives EO providers the evidence needed with greater insight to the barriers their clients are facing, preventing them from gaining employment. It also creates stronger linkages among employment services through partnership activities that focus on workforce needs.

Lead: Northwest Training and Adjustment Board

Key Partners: CFDC’s, Chambers of Commerce, Municipalities, Educators, Employers and any other community partners wanting to assist.

Expected Outcomes: Current labour market information provided at a local level that helps to identify who is hiring, which occupations are most in demand, what levels of training are required to lead to employment in these areas, are employers finding these workers locally, how do they recruit are some of the answers that are answered. NTAB then produces a regional report.

Status: Complete.