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ManufacturingGPS 2017-18 Labour Market Intelligence at your fingertips: New 2017 ManufacturingGPS LMI results are showing that manufacturers (NAICS code 31-33 and Canada-wide) invest in average $541 per employee and per year in training activities*, representing an increase of 30% compared to 2016. Increasing the skill levels of our manufacturing workforce is clearly one of the biggest challenges facing today’s Canadian manufacturing sector.
With much research highlighting the economic benefits (one being EMC’s Manufacturing Essentials Case Studies) of skills development activities and the skills gap being reported a national issue by manufacturers, ManufacturingGPS LMI is showing that investing in training activities is still a “hard sell” in manufacturing and not necessarily a priority for a large percentage of employers – i.e. approximately 30% of the national audience.
Training Investment ManufacturingGPS Highlights:
In this blog, we are highlighting how Community Partners and Economic Developers can use regional and local Labour Market Information (LMI) to establish priorities and propose industry training/skills solutions.
Partnership with City of Mississauga: Building Skilled Talent Together initiative
The City of Mississauga Economic Development Office (EDO) encourages an integrated environment where stakeholders have a connected role in the workforce training ecosystem.
On November 21st, 2017, Building Skilled Talent Together Mississauga, was hosted by the City of Mississauga, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC). 100+ participants representing leaders…
The Discover Ability Network: Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is partnering with a variety of associations, community and government partners group to showcase the business of employing persons with disabilities.
On September 14, the Honourable David Onley, Special Advisor to the Government of Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Accessibility, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (The OCC) and the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements.
Portal to access talent: www.discoverability.network
The portal is a key feature of Access Talent:…
A Manufacturing Essentials Certificate pilot for Production Workers was implemented in 2016 at Kingsmill Foods with 9 front-line employees. Following training implementation, all managers at Kingsmill agreed that the training was a worthwhile investment for the company. Managers also reported a high-level of improvement in team efficiency, overall engagement in the workplace and product quality/reduction of errors. For EMC-CMN, the goal of the Pilot was to gather employer/employee feedback and ultimately adapt a solution for a national audience.
About Kingsmill Foods…
Kingsmill Foods is a small but dynamic company located in Scarborough, Ontario with approximately fifty-five employees. It started in 1947 as a family business and carries on the traditions of its founders—high quality products and customer service excellence— to this day. Kingsmill Foods makes hot and cold beverages for a domestic and international market with a presence in twenty countries. It has a progressive management team interested in skills development and…
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: ManufacturingGP…
2015 was another productive year; we have drawn on the ideas, insights and contributions from manufacturers & project partners for more workplace learning results. This year we saw the expansion of our national reach & new resources for the benefit of the Canadian manufacturing sector.
Manufacturing Essentials: Making Essential Skills Training Profitable!
Right after “cost control”, “skills shortage” is the # 2 issue manufacturers are facing according to 2015 EMC Annual Salary Survey. It is a known fact, manufacturers in particular—report frustration at not being able to hire skilled workers. Questions: What about offering training to the existing employees? And in this case, how effective skills and training programs are? Do they add value and bring ROI?
This essential skills solution story is about a true win-win situation for both BCT’s employees and their organization. On one side BCT’s employees can access financial benefits in the form of anticipated and future wage increases and on the other side BCT, as an organization, benefit from a Return on Investment (ROI) evaluated at 424%.
BCT Structures Inc. custom designs and manufactures a wide range of modular buildings including: workforce housing, office complexes, schools, lavatories, multi-story buildings, affordable housing and kitchen facilities. The company is located in Lethbridge, Alberta and is a division of Clean Harbors Energy and Industrial.
Training rational: Expanding the skill set of existing employees
BCT’s Plumber’s Training Program was designed to compensate for manpower limitations in…
Making Essential Skills Training Profitable – Part 8: Boeing’s Incident and Injury Free (IIF) Training Solution
With an enterprise-wide safety initiative called “Go for Zero”, Boeing used safety awareness, working with others and communications skills training to support the vision of 100% Incident and Injury Free (IIF) workplace. A first tangible result was seeing a difference in the number of near-miss reports with a 20% increase – providing a positive indicator of the success of the training initiative.
Boeing Winnipeg is one of the largest aerospace composite manufacturers in Canada employing over 1,600 people. The Winnipeg site is part of Boeing Fabrication within Boeing Commercial Airplanes helping sustain production by being responsible for nearly 1,000 end-item parts and assemblies for current 7-series jetliners. This Boeing Fabrication business unit is also a tier 1 supplier to the 787 Dreamliner.
Training rational: Personal ownership and better communications
Making Essential Skills Training Profitable - Part 7: Soprema - Calculation and Basic Mathematics Training
In the view of senior management, the training was successful : “The aim of the training was to stimulate interest in lifelong learning in our employees as well as promoting better performance in our organization. This program could easily lead to career progression in our growing company.’’, says Louis-David Lemaire, Soprema's Director of Plant Operations.
Founded in 1908, Soprema Inc. is an international manufacturer specializing in the development and the production of waterproofing products for the building and civil engineering sectors. Soprema’s headquarters is in Strasbourg, France and operates in 90 countries. The North American headquarters located in Drummondville, Québec has 256 employees, for a total of 452 in Canada. Since starting operations in Canada in 1978, Soprema has manufactured and installed millions of…
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) and our Canadian Manufacturing Network, are collaborating with Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) to reach out to our members and stakeholder manufacturers, regarding their experiences with Flexible Workplace Practices.
Flexible hours, telecommuting, accommodating leave policies and support to employees providing care to a relative or friend can generate impact on your productivity and retention of your own workforce but also for the products and services that you offer and how you engage with your market and community. SRDC is conducting a short 10-15 minute online survey to find out how Canadian employers are supporting caregiving activities of employees. Your answers will be strictly confidential and no…
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