Recommended leads are post-secondary institutions and local employment services, the Orillia and District Construction Association, the Orillia Manufacturing Association, and the Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce.
Possible ways to address this priority area include conducting research to evaluate skilled-labour needs, shortages and services, and developing avenues to connect services to those needs. Other possible steps include holding trades/career fairs, organizing meetings between employers and potential employees. Efforts should also be undertaken to better inform and encourage secondary school students to consider careers in areas identified to have labour shortages.
Progress so far has seen the EDC assist in establishing a connection between Georgian College and local manufacturers for specialized training purposes to help address impending skilled-labour shortages. The EDC and key partners are working toward a full work plan, with preliminary and informal discussions underway.