New Pride Flag

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.”

United Way Elgin Middlesex Logo

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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