Everyone is in agreement….finding people to employ has become a significant challenge and one that some have even identified as a risk factor to their business.
Participants from throughout NB were welcomed to Organigram to discuss strategies and resources available to assist with finding the people they require.
Although the topic of discussion was our main purpose, it was a learning opportunity to be able to visit Organigram. Being an industry on the leading edge of producing and supplying both medical and recreational Marijuana, it gave participants a chance to learn more about the industry, the product and the challenges of the organization. Jeff Purcell, Vice President of Operations at Organigram, provided an overview of various aspects of the business as well as a plant tour and indicated that it was valuable for them to be able to work away at educating the public regarding the product and help move the mindset away from existing stigma.
As a company experiencing tremendous growth, along with the other companies in the room, it is a common challenge to find employees to fill vacant or new positions. We were fortunate enough to have Sherri Deveau, of Practical HR Solutions Inc., share her knowledge and experience gained from working with government and employers throughout the province.
Sherri’s discussion was very thorough and detailed as she outlined the challenges, some effective strategies as well as the support systems and programs that are available. To name only a few:
- Shrinking population
- Perception of manufacturing jobs
- Social systems are a barrier
- Skilling Up
- Becoming an Employer of Choice
Sherri also elaborated on Recruitment and Financial Support programs:
Financial Programs available through government are:
- One Job Pledge
- Youth Employment Fund
- Workforce Expansion
- Adjustment Services
- Canada NB Job Grant
For additional information of Sherri’s presentation or the event please feel free to contact me and thank you to participants, host and all input that made this a valuable learning event.