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

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Benns’ Belief: Revamp of employment services needed
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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Do Millennials in Lindsay lack a good worth ethic?

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Do Millennials in Lindsay lack a good worth ethic?
Do Millennials lack a solid work ethic?

“They seem to think highly of themselves.”

“Too over-confident.”

“They have a ‘baby-on-board’ protected mentality.”

“They’re always connected to their phones.”

The above was actual employer feedback from a large area employer about the young people sent to Victoria County Career Services (VCCS). It wasn’t the only business feedback.

Millennials also:

  • “Expect to move into the same job someone else has had for years.”
  • “They question everything.”
  • “They have less patience” for repetitive tasks, if the tasks aren’t meaningful.
  • “They have an expectation to be paid well.”
  • “They don’t like authoritarian style” of employers.
  • “They’re needy.”

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Home Hardware’s GM on keeping people, and being ‘people-people’

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Home Hardware’s GM on keeping people, and being ‘people people’

Most mornings, Frank Geerlinks swings through his favourite Tim Horton’s on his way to work in Lindsay from his home in the Little Britain area.

At the drive-through he is often greeted by a young woman who just “has it” in terms of customer service skills. One day very soon, he says, he will ask this young woman if she wants a job with him, at his family of Home Hardware stores.

He contrasts this with another incident, this time at a McDonald’s drive-through where he took his family through for a quick bite to eat. The employee was a young man who took his money and gave him his change without saying a single word to him.

Geerlinks couldn’t believe it.

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TVO’s ‘The Agenda’ to highlight Lindsay’s basic income pilot

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Steve Paikin and The Agenda highlight Lindsay’s basic income pilot

TVO’s flagship show, The Agenda, with host Steve Paikin, will roll into Lindsay on Tuesday to film a special episode built around the town’s basic income pilot.

The production crew was in town last week, filming snippets with people in various locations around town.

Mike Perry was chair last year of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition. He and his team are largely credited with convincing the Province to bring one of three basic income pilots to Lindsay.

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The beer can family and the faces of poverty

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From my kitchen window I could see the two girls were about four and six years old.

They had just hopped out of a rusting, black Suzuki Esteem, circa 2001 maybe, making a beeline for our large recycling bin.

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