Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC)
Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC)

PAST PROJECTS

2015-2016 PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

  • EMPLOYERONE SURVEY​​The Employer One Survey will provide community stakeholders in Algoma valuable insights into the demand-side of the region’s labour market. It is designed to collect information from local employers on a range of labour issues, such as labour turnover, hard-to-fill positions, recruitment difficulties, current and future skill shortages, as well as any issues in training and education practices.
  • SUCCESSION PLANNING
    By providing information to local employers on Succession Planning, AWiC can help ease the impact on Employers and Business Owners as the workforce continues to age and they deal with exits from their workforce. At the same time effective succession planning will provide opportunities for entry into the workforce as well as opportunities within individual organizations.
  • COMMUNITY ATTRACTION AND RETENTION STRATEGIES
    The need to attract more people into the communities of Algoma and retain those that currently reside in the area – in particular youth - was the most commonly raised priority AWiC's LLMP consultations. This project would focus on AWiC's role to produce material and content/media related to the local labour market that can be easily incorporated into existing and proposed Attraction and Retention strategies around the district.
    
  • OCCUPATION PROFILES AND CAREER PATHS
    Develop a series of Occupation Profiles and Career Paths for in demand occupations within the Algoma region. Localized occupation profiles and career paths are not available for Algoma that reflect the occupations that are in demand in our region. Consequently, descriptions of the training and education required to enter these occupations matched to locally available programs are either not available or are difficult to find.

2014-2015 PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

EMPLOYERONE SURVEY
Provide the communities in Algoma valuable insight into the demand-side of the region's labour market. this survey is designed to collect information from local employers on a range of labour issues, such as labour turnover, hard-to fill positions, recruitment difficulties, current and future skill shortages as well as any issues in training and education practices.

DEMAND SIDE LABOUR MARKET CONFERENCE
A one day conference with presentations and speakers that focus on employer's labour market related issues. As a result, the conference was titled "Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace" and featured Keynote Speaker  Dr. Karyn Gordon who spoke about Understanding, Leading & Motivating Gen Y's and Learning Strategies To Lead & Motivate Gen Y's. The workshop also featured The FISH Chicks! who inspired the audience to energize your team with the FISH Philosophy.

SUPPLY SIDE LABOUR DEMAND CONFERENCE
A one day conference with presentations and speakers that focus on employee and job seeker's labour market related issues, opportunities and topics.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT REPORT
Provide a report  to the community identifying and defining the scale and scope of the not-for-profit (NFP) sector in the Algoma District - specifically the impact on employment, labour force issues or opportunities, trends and barriers to the NFP workforce.

2013-2014 PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

APPRENTICESHIP COMPLETIONS FORUM
Promote Employment Ontario's new ‘Supporting Apprenticeship Completions’ program offered through local literacy service provider.

ALGOMA TRAINING CONSORTIUM
Provide a framework  for Employers and Service Providers to work together to identify training needs, source training resources, communicate existing training opportunities and share the costs of training.

COMMUNITY SPECIFIC LABOUR MARKET ASSET MAPS 
Localized directories of services and programs offered by service providers and agencies related to labour market issues.

EMPLOYER SUCCESSION PLANNING SURVEY
A survey to employers in Elliot Lake and Blind River to identify workforce gaps in services, training and skills required. The report will also identify the average ages of their employees by job/role in their organizations.

2012-2013 PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

IMPROVING LOCAL LABOUR MARKET DATA COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION
AWiC provided accurate, timely and regionalized Labour Market Data to community partners in Algoma. This project addressed the issue by developing stronger relationships within each community to ensure a higher level of data is available.

ALGOMA TRAINING CONSORTIUM DEVELOPMENT
Identifying a specific training requirement of local employers, match it to existing courses offered by local training partners and deliver the program through a shared platform that all employers can access.

CAREER EXPO/TRADE SHOW FOR STUDENTS
Enlighten high school kids on careers that they may not have considered at a time when they can take advantage of training and co-op programs that are already in place. This helped address some of the skills gaps that local employers face when looking to hire locally.

HEALTH CARE SECTOR RESEARCH
This report forecasted the long-term Labour Market opportunities/risks in the Health Care sector in East Algoma. The report indicated the need for the development of ‘home-grown’ talent through training and education programs.

2011-2012 PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

YOUTH BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS
Local employers who have lived or have been raised in the Algoma region and have a career in the business and/or technology innovative field visited and spoke to area high schools to promote careers in these fields.
 

THE ALGOMA AND MANITOULIN YOUTH ENTERPRISE CAMP
The one week summer camp promoted entrepreneurship to area youth. Youth aged 10-13 experienced firsthand the world of business and will be provided with an introduction to all facets of business operation start-up.

REMOTE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WORKSHOP FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 
Raised awareness about opportunities for persons with disabilities in the District of Algoma about the employment opportunities that open doors for them to work from home, increase their knowledge about technology and how it can be used.

GREEN COLLAR ECONOMY CONFERENCE
Identified sectors affected by the green economy and increase understanding of what industries and occupations influenced by going “green” and bring new jobs and opportunities and raise awareness of the training requirements of the emerging green sector in Algoma.


2010-2011 PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

COMMUNITY FORUM: GROWTH ENGINE STRATEGIES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS 
The forum gathered together Employment Ontario partners in the area of Employment Services, Sault Ste. Marie EDC and Destiny Sault Ste. Marie to look at future directions of Sault Ste. Marie and area employment growth.

CORDINATE DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF RENEWABLE ENERGY AND GREEN CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES ON RESERVE TO FIRST NATION YOUTH
This initiative addressed the shortage of First Nation trades people by encouraging greater participation in apprenticeship trades. Operation of the Renewable Energy and Green Construction program will provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth to pursue a career in this trade.

LABOUR FORCE ANALYSIS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE DISTRICT OF ALGOMA
The study gathered information from the existing literature and statistical sources and from industry, education, training providers, government representatives and other industry stakeholder groups so that informed employment decisions can be made in the District of Algoma.

REGIONAL FORESTRY WORKERS LABOUR FORCE RE-ENTRY PLAN
Determined mandatory industry related training courses (skills upgrading) to prepare regional workers in Dubreuilville, White River and Wawa for the re-entry of the workplace.

CAREERS FOR THE FUTURE, FOCUS GREEN ENERGY CAREERS
In response to community and industry concerns plan to host three (3) Careers for the Future events to address the current and future shortages of workers in some of our communities and to also promote green energy careers to youth.

COORDINATE E-TRAINING NETWORK FOR RURAL ALGOMA
Determine the feasibility of establishing an E-Learning Network (based on the Confederation College model) that would lead to 7 College satellite campuses in partnership with Contact North, E-Learning sites would be established in the communities of White River, Wawa, Thessalon, Bruce Mines, Blind River, Elliot Lake and Chapleau.


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