Chatham-Kent Employer Workforce Survey results are in
The Chatham-Kent Employer Workforce Survey results are in. This survey was completed in July 2011 and compiled by the Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board. One of the key findings of the survey is that firms in a selected group of key Chatham-Kent industries added 226 net new jobs last year, and expect 200 new openings over the next twelve months. At present, 105 job vacancies exist within these industries, though many firms reported having trouble filling those jobs with “qualified” candidates, despite an unemployment rate greater than 10 percent.
More detailed findings of this Employer Workforce Survey will be included in a comprehensive workforce report, to be released later this year.
Survey Background and Next Steps
In May 2011, the Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board distributed surveys to 465 businesses throughout the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. These surveys were sent to all companies in six specific industries identified as “Target Clusters”:
· Advanced Manufacturing
· Business Process Support (including call centres)
· Tourism & Recreation
· Value-Added Agriculture
The survey generated 90 responses for a response rate of nearly 20 percent. Combined, the responding firms employed nearly 3,800 workers locally. The majority of responses (58 percent) came from firms in Advanced Manufacturing. The survey asked employers 15 questions, related to topics such as companies’ employment trends, their “critical” jobs, employee hiring and retention difficulties, basic qualifications for applicants, and training methods.
For a detailed breakdown of the survey results visit the Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board’s website at www.ckworkforcedev.com
This information is currently being analyzed and combined with the findings of some 30 one-on-one discussions with companies from the “Target Clusters” in addition to information collected in three different focus group discussions. The goal is to highlight some specific, local trends as it relates to workforce development. These trends are going to be the starting point for the strategy development. The strategy will be developed through a series of three strategic decision-making sessions. The first session is scheduled for September 20th, 2011. “This strategy will be representative of a broad consultation in our community and will reflect the needs and expectations of Chatham-Kent”, said Keri Banar, Project Manager for the Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board.
The Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board is a committee of local community leaders and is in the process of developing a Workforce Development Strategy that recognizes the unique needs of our community. This Employment Ontario project is being funded by the Ontario Government