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Need work? Most top 10 hard skills could be learned in Kawartha Region

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About 44.3 per cent of residents in Kawartha Lakes have just their high school diploma or less education.

A new study breaks down 10 “highly sought hard skills” in the Kawartha Lakes region – and Fleming College can teach most of them.

With Kawartha Lakes grappling with a high unemployment rate and low wages, this first-ever report of its kind shows a potential path forward for many who live in this area– if they get the right education and skills.

The report was produced by the Workforce Development Board (WDB) under the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilot. The report covers employment aspects related to Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, Peterborough County and Haliburton County. In our last article on this theme we focused on the job and income challenges in Kawartha Lakes.

Since the report also talked about the hard skills that were needed, the Advocate contacted Fleming College to find out how many of these hard skills could be matched up though local post-secondary education opportunities.

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How do we deal with poverty? Local MP says ‘free market’ shows the way

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How do we deal with poverty? Local MP says 'free market' shows the way
MP Jamie Schmale: "We should not focus on income inequality but on wealth creating policies."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns recently interviewed local MP Jamie Schmale on how we should be dealing with poverty in Kawartha Lakes.

Benns: What’s the best way to fight poverty in our communities? And if the answer is good jobs, why have we never, ever, under any government of any political stripe been able to fight poverty effectively?

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School board official responds to employer’s criticisms of education today

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“Look to that section. These are the aspects that develop the whole person.”

A superintendent of learning at the local school board is urging employers to reflect on the great students they have hired over the years, instead of the ones that haven’t worked out, to try and replicate those successes.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Bruce Barrett spoke to the The Lindsay Advocate about student success in the workplace, after critical comments were made by one of the town’s largest private sector employers, Mariposa Dairy.

The owner of the dairy factory, Bruce Vandenberg, suggested there were a lot of issues with reliability within the 18-35 age group – and he in part blamed the school system and parents for not letting kids fail or face consequences for their actions. The story was shared more than 4,000 times on Facebook and has been read nearly 60,000 times.

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Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week

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Mariposa Dairy, Armada Toolworks create new jobs with Provincial grants
Bruce Vandenberg, Mariposa Dairy.

Have jobs, will train. One of the Lindsay area’s largest private employers, Mariposa Dairy, is having trouble finding committed employees who want to work a full five days a week – at least in the 18-35 age bracket.

Bruce Vandenberg, owner of Mariposa Dairy along with his wife, Sharon, estimates that 30-40 per cent of the younger people they hire as general labourers don’t work out, mainly because of “misplaced priorities,” according to Vandenberg.

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Fleming president says college tries to stay on top of skills employers need

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Fleming president says college tries to stay on top of skills employers need
Fleming wants to address Lindsay's skills shortage.

One of the key challenges for Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes is the growing skills shortage. It’s affecting area employers who can’t find the right people, and of course it’s not good for the people who can’t find the right job.

Sir Sandford Fleming College President, Tony Tilly, is aware of the skills shortage phenomenon affecting Lindsay and other small towns that have seen their manufacturing base shrink.

“We’ve been aware of this issue for a number of years,” Tilly says, pointing out that the college system commissioned a report in 2010 entitled ‘People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People.’

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Basic income support from Lindsay employment agency, VCCS

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Basic income support from Lindsay employment agency, VCCS

The leader of one of Lindsay’s key employment agencies, Carol Timlin of Victoria County Career Services (VCCS), says the basic income pilot is a fantastic opportunity for Lindsay.

Basic income support from Lindsay employment agency, VCCSExecutive Director Carol Timlin says part of their role at VCCS is to show people how to leverage the skills they have, and to steer them toward picking up new skills. She says that should become easier with a basic income as a financial floor to draw upon when necessary.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’m pleased the pilot is here,” Timlin tells The Lindsay Advocate.

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