18-30 and looking for work? Wallace sponsors a panel to guide job seekers. New Street Library on the 14th

November 11, 2013

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON.  MP Mike Wallace will be hosting a seminar for young adults aged 18-30 on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Burlington Central Library, 2331 New St.

Employment Options for Young Adults will feature four guest panelists representing the financial, health care, manufacturing and food sectors  will talk about accessing the job market in specific industries and learn about current hiring trends and what they can do to get the competitive edge and stand out from other applicants.

Burlington MP Mike Wallace – flipping burgers at a Chamber of Commerce event.

The Region recently held a Job Fair that attracted  800 skilled and motivated job seekers who met  with 43 employers from across Halton.  Halton Region’s Economic Development Strategy has been successful in attracting new business to Halton but those companies don’t seem to be choosing Burlington as their home base.

The  unemployment rate for the Region in the second quarter of 2013 remained historically low at 4 per cent, markedly lower that the region’s five year average unemployment rate of 5.6 per cent and significantly lower than the provincial rate of 7.5 per cent.

There seems to be a data gap in there somewhere – unemployment at 4% with 800 people showing up at a job fair?

Several of the courses given at the Centre for Skills Development & Training are fully booked months in advance – the students usually know where they are going to be working before they graduate.

Wallace get is right when he says:  “Employment is integral to a healthy economy.”  While job creation has traditionally been seen as a local and provincial responsibility the federal government has come up with a plan that would cost share the training of new people in new jobs.  The provinces are suggesting the federal government turn those funds over to the provinces and let them design programs that meet the specific needs of each province.

At least they are talking about training people.  With technology surrounding everything we do – and that technology changes almost every 90 days – keeping people fully trained and productive as opposed to just employed is a prime concern.

Co-host for the seminar is the Centre for Skills Development & Training.

For information or to register, call 905-639-5757 or email mike.wallace.c1@parl.gc.ca.


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