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Power Up London, October 29, 2019

On Tuesday evening, October 29, an energetic group gathered at Olive R Twists at the Covent Garden Market in London ON.

How Do You Feel At Work

Power Up London is a networking group dedicated to supporting London’s entrepreneurs and communities. This time around, mental health and well being were the topics of the day. We all suffer, have suffered, or know someone that has suffered from mental illness. This is a particularly tricky topic to broach in the workplace. Supervisors and Managers could perceive weakness or incompetence, coworkers could start to doubt you. This only makes things worse. People generally do not want to discuss these things in public with others. That’s a big part of the challenge here: by keeping all of these emotions and sentiments inside, one will only make it harder to seek the help and support she/he/they need(s).

Roots of Mental Wellbeing

Three courageous survivors of mental illness shared their stories of struggle, suffering, defeat, perseverance, resiliency, and victory. Mental illness is real; recovery is possible. Speak out. Start these courageous conversations. Reach out. There are a number of great supports in the London area for mental health and wellness. Contact the LEHC today to learn more and find out where to get the help you are looking for. No judgements. Only hope. Thank you to the event’s organizers and the speakers, and we hope to see you out at the next Power Up London event. Stay tuned!

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The First Work 2019 Futures Conference

Last week, between October 22 and 24, 2019, there was a magical conference. It was at the foot of the colourful canopy at Blue Mountain. Over 300 delegates discussed the future of work and workforce development. The conference was full of insight, positive energy, strategy, and, everybody’s favourite, labour market information! Three keynote speakers enthralled an audience of employment sector professionals from all over Ontario and Canada, engaging with things like the rising importance of the soft skill, the principle of addressing the disadvantage not the disadvantaged, and how to integrate data-driven results for meaningful social change.

Blue Mountain Rainbow

Though the focus was youth, the theory and action illustrated at the conference applies to any demographic–especially a workforce with four generations. Things in Human Resources need to change as does the active job search for the talent.

How do we prepare for the future of work?

Will robots take all our jobs?

The breakout sessions were incredibly useful as much of this was centred around frontline workers. Everything from closing pathway gaps to future skills, and from meaningful cultural collaboration and partnership to recognizing and battling unconscious bias, was on the table. Embrace without judgment seemed to be one unspoken consensus among delegates.

First Work Display Banner 2019Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre

Despite increasing technological advancement with things like automation and artificial intelligence, it is projected that Canada’s economy will add 2.4 million jobs in the next decade. Like anything, there is so much opportunity for positive change. But, also like anything, it is hard to engage individual stakeholders in matters that affect society as a whole. With wider collaboration between and among employment agencies, school boards, communities, workforce development boards, economic planning councils, businesses, and other regional partnerships, it is possible to improve the outlook of workforce development in Ontario and beyond.

Blue Mountain Village Night Townscape

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Inclusivity in the Workplace

Are you an employer struggling to understand gender identity and orientation issues in the workplace?

Well, you’re not alone. Many companies may find it challenging to have substantial corporate policies tackling these important issues. Sometimes, the conversations can just be plain old awkward but they don’t have to be! Honesty and authenticity go a long way in facilitating these courageous conversations. Check out the first Rainbow Optimist Club in the world, which addresses the marginalization of rural LGBT2Q+ individuals, and areas for change to support all.

A convenient, albeit somewhat controversial, infographic explaining the differences in sex and gender identity

(The Genderbread Person – A convenient, though somewhat controversial, infographic explaining the differences in sex and gender identity).

Today, a group of like-minded professionals in the employment sector had the opportunity to share ideas about equity and inclusion in the workforce, particularly surrounding LGBT2Q+ identity and representation. There were many excellent pointers from our region’s very own pioneer for gay rights, Martin Withenshaw, of the Local Economic Planning Council (LEPC). Thank you for the informative and insightful presentation and to all who shared their ideas around the table at Pathways Skill Development in London ON.

There are a growing number of resources around these issues and politics, which will only increase with time. These are the issues of the future. Get a head start now. Give us a shout at the LEHC and we can help to make appropriate referrals and provide information and insight in establishing safer and more positive and productive spaces. It can be as simple as displaying a pride flag in your offices, or making sure to address groups without using words like “guys,” and switching instead to something like “folks,” or “people,” or “everyone.”

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The 2019 United Way Stairclimb

November 7, 2019. The London Employment Help Centre has a team of brave climbers fundraising for the noble community initiatives of the United Way. Look out for the Employables!

Elgin-Middlesex United Way Scotiabank Stairclimb, November 7, 2019 at One London Place. Donate today online or info@lehc.ca

Donate to the London Employment Help Centre Employables today by visiting the United Way website or by contacting info@lehc.ca!

(Each climber is expected to raise $40 or more so help us out today).

This United Way Elgin-Middlesex event is brought to you by Scotiabank.

Manufacturing Matters Conference 2019

Today marked a record attendance for the Manufacturing Matters Conference, hosted and sponsored by a number of exceptional community partners, which focuses on technological development and its impact on the future of the employment market and workforce development more generally.

Manufacturing Matters Conference, London Ontario, October 3, 2019 at the RBC London Place

LEHC had a couple of representatives attend and there as so much value to take from the expertise, knowledge, experience and stories that were shared today. Mayor Ed Holder introduced two representatives from Maple Leaf Foods, which has started pouring the concrete in building an upcoming, leading edge production plant in London Canada. Years of planning and thought have resulted in bringing Industry 4.0 to London Ontario. This was a great opportunity for community partners and business leaders to network and mingle about the future of economic development and the new workforce.

London Ontario Mayor Ed Holder introduces the speakers and outlines the event

Mayor of London Canada, Ed Holder, speaks to an enthralled crowd at the Manufacturing Matters Conference, 2019

Thank you to RBC London Place and to all the staff at the venue that made this event possible. Thank you to all of the businesses and investors in London and the community partners that work tirelessly to connect job seekers to employers and improve Ontario’s global competitive economic advantage while also reducing the unemployment rate.

Maple Leaf Foods Senior VP, Ben Brooks, speaks at the Manufacturing Matters Conference 2019

Company Representatives from Maple Leaf Foods explain the concept behind the new leading edge facility to be built in town by 2021

The Empowering Women in Manufacturing Panel, where three remarkable London Ontario professionals shared their stories of struggle and success in a traditionally male-dominated industry, was particularly insightful. Below, you can see a few stats about women in the manufacturing sector. The hope is to change these trends and build a truly inclusive workforce for Ontario. Thank you to these inspirational women. Womanufacturing, anyone?Stats about Women in Manufacturing, 2019

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Reminder: Saputo is Coming to the LEHC

Visit the LEHC tomorrow, Thursday October 3, to chat with company representatives from Saputo in St. Mary’s. If you live in London and can’t get there, there are options for ride sharing or carpooling. Who knows, someone you meet tomorrow could coordinate a carpool. The openings are mainly for Production and Packaging but there are others and everyone is encouraged to stop by. Bring your family, your friends, and your positive attitude with you tomorrow as well. Bring a resume and cover letter (if you have one) and be prepared to meet face-to-face with company reps.Saputo Foods will be at the LEHC October 3, 2019 from 11-4 p.m.

A Moving Evening: the LEHC 36th Annual General Meeting

On a gorgeous afternoon, on the last day of September 2019, a dedicated group of individuals gathered at the beautiful facilities of Pathways Skill Development in London ON. The Board of Directors took care of bureaucratic business as the attendees helped themselves to appetizers and light refreshments. Nancy McQuillan, the Executive Director at the London Employment Help Centre, spoke to an engaged crowd while some extraordinary LEHC clients told their stories–of struggle, pain, suffering, triumph. The Honorable MPP for London West, Peggy Sattler (NDP), was also in attendance to hear these stories and appreciate the work that the London Employment Help Centre does for the communities in London and area. Thank you to everyone who attended, those that couldn’t make it, and especially to the clients that we have the privilege to serve on a daily basis.Nancy McQuillan, CEO at LEHC, speaks to an engaged crowd at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development in London ONNancy McQuillan, CEO at LEHC, speaks to an engaged crowd at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development in London ON.
Peggy Sattler, NDP MPP for London West, meets with an exceptional LEHC client and one of the Career and Employment SpecialistsPeggy Sattler, NDP MPP for London West, meets with an exceptional LEHC client and one of the LEHC Career and Employment Specialists at the at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development.

Be Unique, Be Interesting, Set Yourself Apart

Are you discouraged and exhausted by your job search?

Below, you will find a cover letter that has been edited to try and make it as impactful (and unique) as possible. Taking the time to do this before you apply is well worth the return on that investment. You will get better at this with practice (like anything else) and soon enough you will master the optimal cover letter method. What is your biggest challenge in creating and submitting job applications? Visit the LEHC today to benefit from more insights like this! We’ll see you soon.

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Hensall Co-op Shuttle Transportation Pilot

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

So, the LEHC is hosting Hensall Co-op today to try and find 10 people that want to try shuttle transportation from London ON to Hensall ON. Mainly, production roles but also some others. Excellent pay and benefits, but it is not an “easy job.” If you couldn’t make it in today, and you are interested in being included in the first group of hires to use the shuttle, contact info@lehc.ca today and we will make sure to pass along your information to try and make this happen!Hensall Co-Op Logo