Workforce Diversity Edmonton (WDE)
Creating and enabling opportunities for our members to have the labour supply needed to meet current demand and anticipated growth
2013 Upcoming Events:
June 5th -- Chamber addressing labour shortage solutions: 'Bringing Facts To The Surface'
A 90 minute session at World Trade Centre Edmonton on how employers can recruit and retain people of diversity and the many community resources available to address their labour shortages. Register Here
June 11th -- Canada Job Grant puts Sills Training in Employers' Hands! *Save the Date*
By 2015 the Canada Job Grant will re-orient Canada/Alberta labour market development transfers by 'taking skills-training choices out of the hands of government and (placing it in) the hands of employers and Canadians who want to work’. The grant will provide $15,000 (or more) per person with up to $5K from the federal government and matching 'contributions' from the province and employer.
Join the Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force June 11 at the World Trade Centre Edmonton to ensure the new Canada Job Grant meets your labour market needs. For more information and to register, contact Jason Leslie, WDE coordinator at (780) 409-2142 or email@example.com
June 18th -- Aboriginal Cross Cultural Workshop
Enhance your relationships with Aboriginal people by gaining an understanding of beliefs, values, and communication styles and how they may differ from your own, while gaining the knowledge and strategies to collaborate with this growing workforce. Register Here
Employer – Youth Forums (EYF’s)
- Hire employment ready youth, and meet your employment needs!
- Connect with sustainable sources of job-seeking youth
- Share your business needs and skill requirements with youth- serving organizations who are building our workforce
- Grow a workforce that reflects your organizational requirements
- Grow and share employment best practices to recruit and retain diverse youth in the Edmonton area
- Be an Edmonton business leader!
Did you know?
- By 2020, over 400,000 young Aboriginal people will enter the workforce?[i]
- Full inclusion of Aboriginal peoples in the economy could
- Increase Canada’s GDP by $401 billion
- Increase tax revenue by $39 billion
- Reduce government expenditures by $77 billion over the next 20 year period?[ii]
- Disability costs can be up to 12% of a business’s overall payroll cost, and mental health claims are the fastest growing category of all disability costs?[iii]
Is your business building conditions for sustainable success?
WDE in 2013:
- Aboriginal Cross Cultural Workshop for Employers (Jan 15th)
- Partnered with Alberta Human Rights Commission on a forum for accommodating mental illness in the workplace (Jan 30th )
- EYF (Mar 8th)
- Expanding EYF initiative for 2013 – 2014
- Aboriginal Cross Cultural workshop (April 17)
Contact: Jason Leslie
[i] 8th Annual Champions’ Meeting Discussion Paper “Aboriginal Labour Market Strategies: Increasing Return and Productivity.” Aboriginal Human Resource Council.
[ii] Statistics Canada. “Aboriginal Peoples in Canada in 2006: Inuit, Metis, and First Nations.” Catalogue no. 97-558-XIE
[iii] Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/information-for-employers-2/