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Report says Canadian companies
working harder to recruit, retain young talent

Canadian employers are working harder and spending more to recruit and retain recent post-secondary graduates in an increasingly competitive labour market, a new report indicates.
Based on responses from hiring managers, the study by Morneau Shepell found that:

  • 83% of the companies surveyed participate in co-op programs and other forms of work-integrated learning initiatives that help them identify potential new employees. In a similar survey two years ago, 76% of employers said they were participating in such programs. 

  • Compared to two years ago, companies are investing more in training: 51% said their firms spend more than $1,000 per employee per year on average, while 30% spend between $500 and $1,000 per worker. In the 2016 edition of the survey, the comparable numbers were 46% and 24% respectively. 

  • 57% of respondents said that a shortage of skilled workers is having either a moderate (40%) or severe (17%) impact on their industry.

    The top five areas where companies reported skill shortages were: information technology; skilled trades; analytics, statistics and quantitative analysis; engineering; and leadership/management.
  • 70% of respondents said their expectations of new graduates are higher now than five years ago, attributing these expectations to a changing work environment resulting from rapid technological advancements.
  • By the same token, employers say that new graduates typically expect more from the workplace than their predecessors did five years ago. “Recent graduates are looking for more money, challenging assignments, increased flexibility and mobility, and quicker advancement,” the report says. “Managing these expectations can be a challenge for employers.” 

  • Despite current anxieties about the impact of disruptive technology on employment, the companies that took part in the study do not anticipate widespread job losses: 46% expect that artificial intelligence and automation will result in an increase to their workforces, while 41% predict a decrease.

The findings are based on a Morneau Shepell survey of 95 leading Canadian companies in cooperation with the Business Council of Canada.

“Businesses today operate in a highly complex, rapidly changing environment,” said The Hon. John Manley, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada. “The survey shows that Canadian companies are stepping up their efforts to hire graduates with a high level of technical capabilities as well as strong human skills such as the ability to collaborate and work in teams.”

“Companies are facing unprecedented competition and disruption,” said Stephen Liptrap, President and
CEO of Morneau Shepell. “They either adapt or they die. The 2018 Business Council of Canada Skills Survey clearly points to the importance of a diverse workforce that’s well-equipped with the human skills required to succeed in this rapidly changing economy. I’m very pleased to see Canadian companies supporting employees during this time of change by investing in workplace training programs and committing to healthier workplaces.”

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Roadmap focused on recruiting/retaining Indigenous peoples

Trucking HR Canada has launched its new report Indigenous Recruitment & Retention: A Roadmap for Canada’s Trucking and Logistics Industry to support industry employers in their efforts to better attract and retain Indigenous employees.

The number of Indigenous workers in the trucking and logistics industry continues to remain well below the average for the Canadian workforce. Yet, they represent a significant untapped labour pool. Employers in the trucking and logistics industry, as well as other like-minded industries in Canada, have achieved important business benefits by successfully hiring Indigenous peoples. Their experience shows that success will come from being intentionally inclusive in their recruitment and retention practices.

Trucking HR Canada engaged with Indigenous communities and interviewed trucking and logistics employers to better understand their perspective on the industry and the opportunities and barriers that exist for recruitment and retention.

The report highlights the findings from the interviews as well as practical steps to support more diverse recruitment and retention efforts. The report provides a roadmap for community outreach, recruitment and hiring, orientation and onboarding and a section on available training resources. 

“Indigenous peoples are the fastest growing demographic in Canada. In light of the current labour shortages industry employers are facing, implementing innovative recruitment and retention initiatives to reach out to these communities is not only the right thing to do, it is a business imperative,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada.

At a time where the driver shortage is top-of-mind for all trucking and logistics employers, this practical resource can support those interested in attracting, recruiting, and retaining workers from largely untapped labour pools.

To download your free copy of the Indigenous Recruitment & Retention Roadmap, visit Trucking HR Canada’s website at: TruckingHR.com

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$2.8M for Trucking HR Canada to help
workers/employers in a changing economy

E-commerce, modernized supply chains and innovative logistics processes are creating new opportunities in the trucking and logistics industry. We know it takes knowledge and information for workers, employers and post-secondary education institutions to take advantage of these opportunities and grow our economy.

That is why the Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, has announced funding of $2.8 million to Trucking HR Canada through the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP), to develop the sectoral labour market information needed to shape the industry for the future.

This project supports the SIP’s goal to address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development and distribution of sector-specific labour market information. The project will develop bilingual innovative tools to help employers to recruit and retain employees from untapped labour pools, such as women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, visible minorities, veterans/transitioning military personnel and youth.

For this project, Trucking HR Canada has partnered with the Canadian Trucking Alliance, which represents the majority of for-hire carriers across Canada. The seven provincial trucking associations (Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces) have also confirmed their support and commitment to the project. Engagement and consultation activities will be held across the country to ensure a national representation of the industry.

Sectoral labour market information reports will be released and be online throughout the course of the project, which ends in summer 2021.

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2018 Top Fleet Employers Gala Awards Dinner

Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet Employers Program is hosting its annual Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at the Palais Royale (Toronto, ON). Join Trucking HR Canada, Top Fleet Employer honourees, and many other industry colleagues at this can’t-miss Gala Event.

With the program celebrating its fifth year, Trucking HR Canada has re-vamped the format for the evening’s festivities. In addition to celebrating and recognizing all the 2018 honourees, recognition and awards at the Gala Event will include:

  • HR Leader of the Year Award, presented by Reimer Associates
  • Top Awards including: Top small, medium, large, and private fleets, presented by TransCore Link Logistics
  • Achievements of Excellence Awards including:
    • Workplace Culture
    • Training & Skills Development
    • Workplace Diversity, presented by In Transit
    • HR Innovator, presented by Monster
    • Employee Engagement presented by Driver Engagement
  • Special recognition for the Top Fleet Employers of Distinction - those who have been recognized in the program for five years

Seating is limited! Registrations are available for individuals or for tables of 10. This event sells out every year, so purchase your seats early!

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