Regional talent pools and low interest in the trade sector make it difficult to find motivated and committed employees. Our skilled workforce development is the biggest challenge for our wood industry today.
On December 10th, BWA hosted its Open Online Networking Event – Helping Companies Source Talent & Labour. Members from across Southwestern Ontario logged in to learn more about how to source talent outside our borders and hear success stories.
As well, we arranged two breaks to network! Participants had the opportunity to meet in smaller break out rooms to discuss. Using the tools we have at our disposal, we created the space for members to connect and share.
The speakers included government and community partners who specialize in supporting and connect businesses with foreign workers, international students, business owners, and entrepreneurs from outside of Canada. Tim Osborne and Ashley Walcott from the Ministry of Labor, Skilled Trades & Development, shared the application process for securing permanent residence in Ontario for employees and ways Ontario businesses can recruit international talent.
Carl Cadogan, Reception House Waterloo Region, shared how his community program provides continued support to government-assisted refugees. They are a great example of community support available for members interested in hiring government-assisted refugees.
To conclude, we heard from Janet Lehman, Director of Human Resources, JD Sweid Foods, who shared success stories and insight into how the programs have supported them through their journey.
If your company is considering sourcing talent from outside our borders, let us know. We can help direct you to your community’s resources and connect you to BWA members who can share their experiences.