Workforce Windsor Essex is developing a new Job Program that aims to keep people in the area. The concept is to identify available jobs from current industries and try to get local people to fill these jobs.
Despite a strong auto sector, major infrastructure spending and a strong housing market, The City of Windsor is currently still struggling with the highest unemployment rate in Canada.
While actual statistics are not available, many feel that a lot of the availalble jobs in our area are not being filled by local people, thus the unemployment rate has remined high.
Whether it is a lack of skill sets from local workers or other reasons is unclear. This program aims at trying to fill jobs locally, from within the region.
This is an 18 month pilot project partially funded by the Ontario Government. A Local Employment Planning Council will be formed and administered by Workforce Windsor Essex.
Workforce Windsor Essex's Employment Planning Council will
“act as a hub to connect employers, industry associations, sector groups and other employer groups with appropriate labour market information,” the government said in a statement. “Accurate, up-to-date, local labour market information is crucial to ensure local businesses, government, educational institutions and job-seekers can make better, more informed decisions.”
“It is critical to have strong local labour market information to better anticipate where our actual labour gaps may be and where current and future employment opportunities will occur, and I am confident that these pilot projects will provide communities like Windsor with valuable insights for both job seekers as well as employers,” Reza Moridi, minister of training, colleges and universities, said in a statement.
Under the pilot, Workforce WindsorEssex will:
Gather and share local labour market information such as the supply of available workers in relation to available jobs
Support integrated service and workforce planning by connecting employers, service providers, and other key organizations with critical information to address workforce needs in the region
Work with the community to help make sure employment and training programs provide job seekers with the skills and training that employers in Windsor need
Support innovative, local projects that address labour market issues specific to Windsor.
Windsor continues to be primarily a Automotive Sector Town, the pressures of globalization to reduce costs has meant a lot of lost jobs in Windsor and Essex County. Continued support of the Auto Sector is crutial to slow down job losses and maintain higher paying jobs in our Region. This program appears to offer some of this required support to our local companies and employees.
The investment in developing another key Employment Sector will be a major challenge for the City of Windsor in the future if it wishes to fix its employment issues.
It will be interesting to see how the program progresses. Hopefully we will see more collaboration between all departmetns such as the City of Windsor, The Windsor Essex County Development Commission, Workforce Windsor Essex, Employment Ontario and Key Industries in the City.It will take a colloboration of all stakeholders to move the City forward.