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FAQ

1. What is Workforce Planning Hamilton?

Established in 1997, Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH) is one of 25 Local Boards in Ontario. WPH is a not-for-profit organization that draws on the expertise of a broad cross-section of our community to enable us to better identify and address existing and anticipated labour force needs.

Our vision:  Workforce Planning Hamilton is a leader in local workforce development, providing evidence-based analysis and engaging a broad range of labour market stakeholders.

Our mission: WPH is a leader in transforming local labour market information into workforce planning solutions that contribute to a prosperous and diverse Hamilton community.

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2. What does Workforce Planning Hamilton do?

WPH envisions a healthy community where everyone achieves their potential. WPH's mission is to forge partnerships that will mobilize training solutions for the Hamilton community. To accomplish this goal, WPH undertakes the following activities:

  •       Profiling the trends, opportunities, and priorities of Hamilton's labour market
  •       Identifying skills shortages and future training requirements
  •       Sharing our research with the community to promote labour force planning and training
  •       Undertaking projects and partnerships that address labour force issues

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3. How long has Workforce Planning Hamilton been in Hamilton?

Workforce Planning Hamilton (formerly the Hamilton-Wentworth Training Board) was incorporated in August 1997. WPH was officially designated by Human Resources Development Canada (now HRSDC), the Ministry of Education and Training (MET), and the Canadian Labour Force Development Board (CLFDB) to carry out its mandate.

The name was changed to Workforce Planning Hamilton in June 2012 to reflect the new community of the City of Hamilton.

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4. Who would want to know more about Workforce Planning Hamilton?

Our committees, research, projects, and partnerships are of interest to,

    * Employees
       
    * Employers and Human Resources Managers
       
    * Educators and Trainers
       
    * Economic Developers
       
    * Human Resources Professionals
       
    * Individuals entering or re-entering the workforce
       
    * Individuals or groups with an interest in labour issues impacting equity groups including Women; Francophones; Visible Minorities; Immigrants; and Persons with Disabilities
       
    * Students of Labour Studies and Human Resources
       

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5. Where is Workforce Planning Hamilton located?

Workforce Planning Hamilton is located in Unit 117 (Level 1) of the Hamilton City Centre (formerly the Eaton Centre) in downtown Hamilton at 77 James Street North (entrance at corner of James Street North and York Boulevard).

Street parking is available and there is a municipal parkade across the street on York Boulevard.

WPH's office is accessible by public transportation and is wheelchair accessible.

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6. How can I get one of your publications?

Workforce Planning Hamilton conducts research and publishes reports on issues specific to Hamilton labour force development. Publications are listed by year and by category on our site, under the Publications navigation tab on the top menu of the home page.

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7. I'm looking for labour market information and/or information about training programs in Hamilton. Where should I look?

Workforce Planning Hamilton does not deliver training programs nor do we have the mandate to refer people to specific training programs or employment services. However, the Local Boards of Ontario and Ontario WorkinfoNet maintain the Inventory of Programs and Services/Inventaire des programmes et services website. Here you will find a comprehensive searchable database of local, provincial, and federal employment programs and services that can help you to enter or re-enter the job market. You can search by region, postal code or by choosing a location on the map. You will find additional links to websites providing labour market and training information on our Links page.

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8. Where can I find online employment information and job postings?

You will find links to community service providers who can assist you with your employment search and self-employment ventures. See the Employment section on our Links page to connect with additional websites and organizations providing job search assistance and job postings.

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9. Where can I find information about apprenticeship in Hamilton?

The Hamilton Central Apprenticeship Office is located at 119 King Street West, 5th Floor, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y7. For general inquiries, call: 905-521-7764. You may also visit them on the web: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca.

Our Links page lists other useful apprenticeship and training websites.

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10. I'm a newcomer and I would like to learn more about working in Ontario. Where can I find this information?

For general information about working in Ontario, you can visit the Settlement.Org website: http://www.settlement.org/. This website provides newcomers with general information and resources to settle in Ontario, including employment information.

The Other Community Services section on our Links age lists other useful websites and organizations for newcomers.

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11. I'm an employer interested in hiring a student. Where can I get information about this?

There are a variety of organizations and programs in Hamilton that can assist an employer with hiring a student.

If you are interested in recruiting a high school student, both school boards offer co-op placements and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). These programs offer employers the opportunity to employ highly motivated candidates.

Redeemer College, Mohawk College, and McMaster University all offer co-op programs and employment services to help employers meet their student hiring needs.

Programs such as careerworx! at the YMCA is an innovative youth career and employment resource center.

Our Links page will connect you with these youth employment strategies and others.

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12. I'm having problems with my employer and need to find out what my rights are. What should I do?

One thing you can do to start is to contact the Employment Standards Branch Western Region of the Ministry of Labour. Through the ministry's key areas of occupational health and safety, employment rights and responsibilities, labour relations and internal administration, the ministry's mandate is to set, communicate and enforce workplace standards while encouraging greater workplace self-reliance.

Hamilton Employment Standards Branch
Ministry of Labour
1 Jarvis Street, Main Floor
Hamilton ON L8R 3J2
Tel: 905-577-6221
Toll Free: 1-800-263-6906

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