Febraury O-News: Investing in Workforce Development Partnerships


In the recent 2016 Tourism HR Canada study “Labour Challenges Threaten Tourism’s Growth”, sixty percent of employers surveyed felt that labour issues were a significant challenge, with respondents identifying that the greatest labour difficulty was finding qualified and reliable employees.
While this issue isn’t unique to the tourism and hospitality sector, most workforce organizations have yet to fully embrace the power of true sector strategies. To be effective, regions and organizations need to focus on a more strategic role in building regional talent pipelines, addressing skill gaps and creating meaningful career pathways. By connecting the business community with the local academic and employment service providers, workforce development organizations can think more broadly and create demand-driven, full-scale sector strategies to help businesses thrive and grow beyond simply placing workers in jobs and arranging training.

OTEC has been leading in the development of workforce strategies to help connect job seekers at all skill levels, including entry level candidates, to the training they need to access jobs. OTEC’s sector partnership planning model brings together the powerful voices of employers, stakeholders and practitioners to identify what employers are looking for, and, what employers can do to attract motivated candidates. Successfully implemented in four Ontario regions: 
Kitchener/Waterloo, Kingston, Windsor and Toronto, OTEC has seen quantifiable results and actionable outcomes benefitting those regions. 

In a transitioning 
labour market the key to business and community success is partnerships and the right planning process to reveal the gaps holding the sector back. To learn about OTEC’s Tourism and Hospitality Regional Sector Partnership Planning Services click here!

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Our experience working with OTEC was a thoroughly enjoyable one. We were tremendously impressed by the professionalism of their approach and the quality of their work. American Express approached OTEC to develop a service training program for its partners in the restaurant industry... OTEC took the time and effort to research the needs of our audience and consulted with us every step of the way to produce an end product that we were proud to have our company name associated with.;

— Vice President of Public Affairs Communication and Quality Services,
American Express Canada

Adam Morrison
Vice President, Projects and Partnerships
416.622.1975 ext. 236