2016 was a milestone year for EMC-CMN to introduce a new way of collecting and communicating critical Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) for the Canadian manufacturing sector; The results speak for themselves: our national reach has been significantly expanded with new partnerships and innovative resources for all manufacturing regions across Canada.
ManufacturingGPS: 2016 Labour Market Intelligence at your fingertips
With labour shortages & talent being the #1 issue in the Canadian manufacturing sector, firms, educators, governments, and community partners are increasingly turning to labour market information (LMI) to inform decision making.
This year our focus was on establishing LMI relationships with employers & educators and making the tools available to all manufacturing stakeholders. The results are tangible: ManufacturingGPS platform is growing and becoming the source of LMI for employers, colleges & universities involved in manufacturing programs as well as all levels of government. So far, EMC-CMN have engaged over 2300 employers, 100+ educators and provided sector intelligence to community partners across the country. The goal is to build on these relationships and offer “evergreen” LMI for the benefit of all Canadian manufacturing regions.
ManufacturingGPS is now offering hundreds of customizable reports for all key manufacturing sub-sectors, by locations of the firm and can be filtered by workforce sizes. Earlier this Fall, we launched LMI reports for a total of 50 manufacturing regions. Employers and partners across Canada can compare themselves against industry averages at the regional/city level on critical HR topics such as wages and benefits, hiring difficulties, skills, vacancies, etc.
Industry feedback is guiding new development for ManufacturingGPS
ManufacturingGPS is a collaborative effort. Last November, we turned to a group of employers, government officials, and education institution representatives gathered in Toronto to participate in an evaluation session of ManufacturingGPS tools and reports. Through a series of targeted questions, participants provided feedback and guidance on current and potential future functionality to maximize the ManufacturingGPS system as a value-add tool for employers, educator stakeholders and government. We want to thank the following companies for their valuable time and support for providing feedback during the evaluation meeting: MW Canada, Blommer Chocolate, McCain Foods Company, Kingsmill Foods Ltd, City of Mississauga, Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, Magnet and Durham Collage.
Industry feedback has been extremely positive and I would like to take this opportunity to thank EMC team and networks for supporting this important initiative for our sector.
2017 will be another exciting year for ManufacturingGPS and we are looking forward to grow our users and partners, introduce new surveys and provide more value for all manufacturing stakeholders.
More Certification for Manufacturers and Improved Learning Solutions
EMC-CMN Certification programs have continued to grow in 2016. A good example is CMN-Harvard Supervisory Certificate program being delivered with three different groups this year. During a 10-week program, participants are enhancing their knowledge through online learning modules and webinars, collaborating through a Knowledge Network Forum, and preparing a Workplace Performance Project, which geared towards solving a problem or creating a new opportunity for their company. Since 2009, the program has certified 301 participants with more than 90 manufacturers.
Manufacturing Essentials Certificate - Pilot at Kingsmill Foods
2016 was also the opportunity to pilot Manufacturing Essentials Certificate for Production Workers, with a revamped program to get industry feedback and adapt a solution for a national audience.
Nine front-line employees from Kingsmill Foods (Scarborough, On) attended the seven-week, 35-hour Manufacturing Essentials program which combined technical skills with essential skills training. The training included problem solving and process improvement techniques, lean manufacturing and the development of two Workplace Performance Projects (WPPs). One was on Material Flow and the other was on Documentation Accuracy. Essential skills such as numeracy, document use, and presentations skills were also embedded into the training to help accomplish the WPPs.
Both executives and participants rated the outcomes of the training very highly. Overall, management indicated that Manufacturing Essentials met or exceeded their expectations in terms of results. Management was looking for more engagement, better analytical skills and more of a team effort. They said they got the outcomes they were looking for. There was also a culture shift in that employees are taking more ownership, are more action-oriented and have moved from being passive to confident and independent.
Thank you to Kingsmill Foods management and participants for their valuable feedback and time during the pilot phase as well as our partner ABC Life Literacy. In 2017, we will bring Manufacturing Essentials to our national audience !
Skills and Learning Portal : Responsive Design
Finally, we have launched in December 2016 a new Skills and Learning Portal look and feel, with a more responsive layout - for easy reading and navigation across a wide range of devices (from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors). 2017 will bring new development on Portal side as well.
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