DWA is Proud to Announce Sector Planning Partnership Grants

The Durham Workforce Authority is proud to announce they have been awarded five Sector Planning Partnership Grants (SPPG) by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (LTSD). These projects will focus on engaging employers from the logistics, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors to understand their challenges with the workforce and develop strategic plans to support them through the COVID-19 recovery and beyond.

Working in conjunction with community partners, the projects will amalgamate information gathered from an employer summit, key informant interviews, and the most recent DWA Employer Survey with existing economic development plans to develop fulsome strategic plans.

Each plan will identify sector-specific needs and opportunities, and propose solutions, to:

  • help employers  effectively connect with job seekers who have their desired skill sets;
  • identify opportunities to provide training to workers that support skill development (including literacy and essential skills) and advancement;
  • help those looking for employment connect their skill set with in-demand jobs in specific sectors;
  • address workforce needs and gaps in key sectors by bringing together employers, training providers, employment services, and workforce planning organizations;
  • better align regional industry workforce needs with government investments in skills training and workforce development.

Local perspectives and knowledge are important aspects of an integrated system for effectively addressing employment, training, and labour market issues. These reports will explore the role of employers in demand-led training and experiential learning as well as the role that LTSD funded service providers can play in assisting local employers with all forms of workforce development.

“The Durham Workforce Authority is grateful to the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development for this investment in supporting local employers in several key sectors.  These funds will enable a robust employer consultation and research process that will result in the development of strategic plans on how resources can best be leveraged to support these employers in Durham Region.”

Heather McMillan, Executive Director, Durham Workforce Authority

For more information or to arrange an interview with Heather McMillan please click HERE.