Workforce Windsor-Essex aims to connect people to in-demand jobs

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CTV News


Workforce Windsor-Essex is teaming up with business leaders to create a resource to connect people to in-demand jobs.

The organization held a follow-up meeting with local leaders today.

It was updating employers on the work the organization has done since its large workforce summit held back in May.

The goal is to help people find career paths that lead to in-demand jobs.

Red Piston is a local company that makes apps, games and web development.

“We're kind of doing a little more fringe things like mobile development, that's where we started and now we're doing augmented reality, mixed reality, even virtual reality," says Ali Al-Aasm, co-founder of Red Piston.

Currently the company employs 15 people.

“We've been around for at least seven years and it's always been a struggle from the beginning to find really high qualified talent."

Al-Aasm wants to help solve that problem and keep young I.T. talent in Windsor.

"A lot of young people who graduate don't know in Windsor there are choices," he says.

Al-Aasm is offering feedback to Workforce Windsor-Essex.

Workforce Windsor-Essex is developing an on-line resource that will outline career paths and opportunities for prospective employees.

The goal is to make it easier for people through a research link currently being developed to the Workforce Windsor-Essex website.

"When you click on tool and die, you're going to get all of that key market information, what are the wages associated with that position, what's the overview of that job, what are skills required for that job," says Justin Falconer.

The hope is the information will help fill our region's top 75 in-demand jobs.  The highest demand is currently for software developers, transportation logistics, shippers and receivers, general labourers, and trades jobs.

Workforce Windsor-Essex will be launching this new career resource project in the fall.

In the meantime, if you're unsure of how to get started with your career, you can contact Workforce Windsor-Essex for information.