The Workforce Development Board (WDB) has been contracted to deliver the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilot project for the communities of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton.
The project will provide expanded resources for coordinating integrated planning and implementation of employment and training services enhancements and initiatives, as well as helping employers, workers and job seekers to make informed training and career decisions.
Click here to view a comprehensive video about the LEPC pilot project.
Over the course of the pilot, the WDB will pioneer new and innovative approaches to local employment planning.
Key action areas for the LEPC include:
- Labour Market Information and Intelligence
- Integrated Planning
- Service Coordination for Employers
- Research and Innovation
- Sharing Best Practices and Promising Approaches
As part of the first phase of the LEPC initiative from Dec. 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017, the WDB completed a number of external projects aimed at boosting economic development and improving the workforce. They include:
Alignment of Economic and Workforce Development Priorities, Strategies and Resources – completed by Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation and MDB Insight
Best Practices and Promising Approaches in Economic Development – completed by Explorer Solutions and Amer and Associates Economic Development
Employability Skills Gap – completed by Wakeford and Associates
Recruitment and Planning Resources and Support for Small-to-Medium Enterprises – completed by Savino Human Resources Partners
To download the full reports, click HERE.
The second phase of the pilot runs from June 2017 to September 2018 and aims to build on that solid foundation with these additional projects. They include:
Job Board LMI – A labour market information report that examines and compares usability of online job boards that include local content.
Best Practices Persons with Disabilities – A report documenting best local practices for helping people with physical, mental, visual and auditory disabilities to achieve their full employment potential.
Agriculture/Agri-Foods – A report that investigates local strategies addressing employment issues, challenges, and opportunities in the Agriculture/Agri-Food sector.
Mentorship Guide – Developing a mentorship guide for employers, employment training service providers and job seekers.
Technology and Labour – A research report that investigates the job losses and/or gains in the manufacturing industry due to advancements in technology.
Information database – Leading the development of a database for information sharing amongst economic development and workforce development organizations.
LMI for students – A teaching product that promotes the use of labour market information in students’ career and education planning.
Newcomer Employment – A research report that investigates local employment integration of newcomers to Canada in an effort to raise awareness of available programs and supports.