SRG Attends Industry Events
by Pam Poole, Director, Workforce Planning & Development for SRG
We hope our Clients and Team Members have enjoyed the beautiful fall weather; especially with the record setting temperatures in November. This has been wonderful for travelling as SRG has had a busy few months attending numerous industry related community events. In September, the Immigration Work Steering Group meeting discussed that companies/businesses require more information and resources to better prepare them for onboarding New Canadians to their workforce. A goal is to prepare a central hub for resources, important information and primary contacts for ease of access. SRG is working diligently with our community partners to gain insight and valuable knowledge and to be well informed and best prepared for next steps when clients approach us to move forward with New Canadian initiatives.
In October we focused heavily on the manufacturing industry shown by our attendance at 3 major events within the London and Kitchener regions. The London & Area Works Job Fair was well attended and provided SRG with exposure to attract job seekers for the manufacturing industry that is in desperate need of these employees. Secondly, congratulations to the London Economic Development Corporation for hosting their annual “Manufacturing Matters” conference October 6th which was excellent! SRG provided Gold Sponsorship and was the only company in attendance specifically representing the recruitment sector. By attending, we had the opportunity to gain additional insight about the past, present and future of manufacturing and innovative technologies and advancements. SRG was proud to showcase our own innovation and expertise within the manufacturing industry at this conference with particular emphasis on our virtual skills centre. On October 14th, we were invited by Valerie Bradford (Business Development Officer for the City of Kitchener) to conduct a presentation to the Manufacturing Innovation Network (MIN). Again, another platform for SRG to showcase that we are not just a staffing service but rather a partner. “We do the usual. But we do so much more too!” Feedback received from this presentation included that it was very informative and that SRG is doing wonderful work within the manufacturing community! An invitation has now been extended to speak at an upcoming meeting of the Workforce Planning Board for the Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin region. SRG is extremely appreciative of the advocacy and recognition that we have received for being noticeably different than our competitors within the industry.
SRG proudly hosted our first LIEEP (Light Industrial Employment Education Program) Session with the Thames Valley District School Board on November 10th. We were thrilled to have 13 students attend the one day session which provides an experiential opportunity and positive influence on potential future employees entering the manufacturing sector. As mentioned in our most recent newsletter, the day involves students rotating through different hands-on stations that incorporate employment strategies and an introduction to lean manufacturing principles via our innovative training system referred to as The Skills Centre. They then spend the second part of the day touring a local state-of-the-art manufacturer which is always an eye opening experience as it provides contrast to the perception of what most think they will find at a typical manufacturing facility. Instead they are exposed to a clean environment and advanced technology such as robots and 3D printers. Also, students learn more about the viable career opportunities within the manufacturing industry. The students were extremely attentive and made comments that this was the best field trip that they have ever been on. Other feedback included that it was an “awesome day”; very informative and phenomenal introduction to the expectations and opportunities within the manufacturing environment. SRG is already planning future LIEEP sessions with the Thames Valley District School Board, Waterloo District School Board and Waterloo Catholic School Board for 2017.
“Innovation is change that unlocks new value!”
~ Jamie Notter
At present, SRG is busy with the hustle bustle of the holiday season preparations! We will be ringing in the New Year and filling our 2017 calendar with equally exciting and innovative initiatives to remain leading edge within our industry. We end the year with gratitude for the new and existing partnerships that we acquired and developed within 2016. Thank-you from SRG.