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Labour Force Adjustment - A Primary Economic Development Challenge
Posted Jan-28-2013

Labour Force Adjustment - A Primary Economic Development Challenge

Economic practitioners are facing increasing challenges associated with ensuring a skilled workforce is properly aligned to the needs of employers seeking capacity within the community for specific skills. Essentially, we are seeing a transformation from traditional unemployment systems to what is called now a “demand driven system”. If the community has the skills, the jobs will follow.

This climate essentially directs both economic development professionals and labour force specialists to rethink the whole process surrounding the labour programs that are more responsive to the specific needs of companies hiring now. The on the shelf job ready workforce is often touted as more essential investment attraction criteria for both site locators and corporate real estate brokers acting on the site location searches for corporations. Unemployment is not the issue, the issue is skills.

The Economic Development Office, the Employment and Education Centre, the Brockville District Chamber of Commerce and the 1000 Islands Labour Board will be launching round table collaboration forums to engage industry on reverse employment forums with area employees to establish new strategies and communications on the establishment of Labour readiness for Brockville/Leeds Grenville.

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