Research and Reports

2021-2022 Projects Overview

Workforce Survey Report

There is an ongoing concern regarding available workforce skills. The DWA will conduct a public survey and write a report on local labour market available workforce skills levels and industry trends based on the results of a Durham-wide workforce survey.

The DWA will survey at minimum of 200 people, conduct two community partner presentations pre-and post-surveys that will demonstrate an 80 percent increased understanding of survey participant respondents of Durham’s workforce skills.

This Durham-wide public workforce survey report will include learnings shared with the Durham Economic Development Partnership (DEDP) and others to better meet generic and sector specific available skills and gaps. Service providers will gain a better understanding of skills in the Durham Region labour supply to better prepare job seekers when looking for employment.

Local Labour Market Plan (LLMP) Update

The DWA will release an update to the community responsive Local Labour Market planning document that provides new and emerging actions and a three-year outlook.

The DWA will provide just in time labour market information that addresses the immediate labour market issues facing Durham Region because of the unexpected COVID19 pandemic.

A Labour Market Plan for Durham Region that provides timely labour market information, and qualitative and quantitative analysis and recommendations for Durham Region.

Micro Skills Mapping Phase 2

A summit will allow mangers and frontline staff to attend a local professional development opportunity that meets their training needs. A critical focus of the Summit will be the inclusion of specific apprenticeship LMI derived from DWA custom purchases from Build Force and other sector specific trades organizations to support the understanding of trades entrance requirements and specific trades gaps in the local market.

Data Walk

A Data Walk is an interactive way for community stakeholders, including residents, researchers, program administrators, local government officials, and service providers, to engage in dialogue around research findings about their community.

The DWA values dissemination of our labour market information (LMI), our focus is generally on publishing results in policy reports and sharing them in professional meetings and conferences.