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Message from the Chair: The EmployerOne Survey is now open!

Have your say before the survey closes on January 31, 2017! MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR The EmployerOne survey is used by the Province and the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin to assess hiring intentions of local employers.  Unlike most labour force statistics that collect data from what has happened, this unique survey helps [...]

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In the News: Manufacturing job fair to be held in Kitchener Dec. 7

KITCHENER — A manufacturing job fair featuring companies such as Dare Foods, Linamar and Heroux Devtek will be held Dec. 7 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. The job fair, which runs from 2 to 6 p.m., will be co-hosted by the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and the Waterloo Region Manufacturing Innovation Network. [...]

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Manufacturing in Waterloo Region: Dynamic and in Need of Talent

The Manufacturing Sector of Waterloo Region, built on the innovative practices of centuries of skilled craftspeople combined with an unwavering spirit of entrepreneurialism, has always been important to the economy of Waterloo Region. The intent of this research is to examine both the significance and labour skill requirements of the Manufacturing Sector in Waterloo Region [...]

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Manufacturing in Waterloo Region is vibrant and in need of talent!!

Today saw the launch of the newest report on the Manufacturing Sector in Waterloo Region “Vibrant and in Need of Talent”. The report shows that Waterloo’s Manufacturing Sector is growing and in need of many new workers over the foreseeable future, contrary to what many have been saying about the industry over the past several years.

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Lay-off and growth all at the same time – confused?

Although the number of manufacturing businesses continued to decline between 2010 and 2011, (and we’re just waiting to see what happened as of June 2012) employment in the industry is rising dramatically. Labour Force Survey results for the past couple of months have shown employment numbers back in the low 60,000’s again and similar to pre-recession levels.

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The Impact of Recessions on the Manufacturing Industry

Since the 1970’s, the industry has reshaped itself many times and has seen many peaks and troughs when it came to employment but the last recession in 2008/9 was decidedly different.

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Manufacturing Workers Wanted

Biomanufacturing is a key part of the bio-economy in Ontario and there are an increasing number of biomanufacturing companies in the Province and our Region. With traditional manufacturing and biomanufacturing having a lot in common, these companies are hungry for people with the traditional skills but need to understand how to access these workers.

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Supporting Employment in Manufacturing

Many manufacturing companies are indicating a need for new workers, The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPB) has been working with local manufacturers to understand the skills sets currently in demand and have arranged a Job Fair for the industry with the financial support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Over [...]

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Tapping into an underutilized talent pool

Businesses in the region survive and thrive by finding skilled and eager employees who want to contribute to the success of the business. Many employers are experiencing increased difficulty in finding candidates who are skilled and job ready. One potential solution is to look differently at the challenge of matching job requirements and abilities and [...]

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The Future Face of Manufacturing – Video Insights

Our partners over at the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin have put together some great videos to highlight local manufacturing opportunities to youth and spread the word that manufacturing is alive and well and ripe with job potential. The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin actively monitors the local labour force including [...]

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