Employment Halton helps boost our local economy

Halton Region’s skilled labour force is in high demand by top employers with 75 per cent of residents having attained a post-secondary education, the highest in Canada. Campuses of over 20 different universities are within an hour of Halton – fuelling the region’s highly educated workforce. Halton’s robust job market is further supported by its low unemployment rate of 4 per cent – well below the provincial average of 6.1 per cent (Halton Region 2017 Economic Review).

JobFair1Connecting this talent pool with meaningful employment opportunities and assisting Halton employers in their recruitment efforts is an important priority for Halton Region.

Employment Halton connects nearly 12,500 job seekers to over 250 local employers every year. They work closely with local businesses to provide free job postings, access to job fairs and over 400 high quality placements each year. Job seekers can also benefit from free employment workshops, skills training and networking opportunities, including those offered at job fairs.

This year’s spring job fair will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre. Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to make new connections, job seekers of all experience levels are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to network with local employers from industries such as government, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, media, retail, technology and more.

JobFair2Employment Halton also offers programs such as Youth Job Connection, which provides placement opportunities for young people between the ages of 15 to 29, giving them a head start in their careers.

For those looking to transition into a new career, the Second Career program can provide financial assistance necessary to succeed.

Halton Region continues to invest in new and innovative programs that provide enhanced supports to those who need them the most. The new Employment and Wellness program offers addiction and mental health supports through counselling and skills development to help individuals with addictions obtain and maintain a job.

JobFair3These programs and services are offered through Employment Halton’s new Oakville location at 567 Michigan Drive and the Milton location, both of which are accessible resource centres.

I hope you take advantage of these services and if you’re seeking employment and networking opportunities, you will definitely want to attend this year’s job fair. To learn more about our employment supports, visit halton.ca/employmenthalton or haltonjobs.ca, or call 311.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.