Workforce Development Board
Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board (SMWDB) is a community directed local non-profit planning board funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). SMWDB acts as a neutral broker, sourcing, conducting and distributing local labour market research as well as engaging and facilitating community stakeholders in workforce development activities.
To remain in touch with the needs and issues of each community, SMWDB conducts community consultations and an annual employer survey to provide forums to hear concerns and to assist in finding grassroots solutions to specific employment and training challenges in different employment areas.
With broad public involvement, SMWDB provides analysis of training needs and acts as a local voice to governments on existing training and adjustment programs as well as providing direction on the need and design of new programs or services to ensure equitable access to marketable skills for a changing economy.
How We Help Employers
Are you wondering what the workforce situation is in your area? Are you concerned about possible labour/skill shortages your industry may suffer in the future? What skills are available? SMWDB helps address these questions by providing workforce information and labour market planning. We regularly conduct research and release an Annual Report concerning the labour force in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka which helps to guide stakeholders as they develop plans that help address these issues proactively. Ongoing consultations in the communities of Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka helps SMWDB provide an overview of the local labour market and trends and issues affecting it.
How We Help Employment Seekers
While we do not directly assist job seekers in finding employment, or offer training programs, we are a source for connecting them to local employment agencies, Government agencies and career information to help them attain their ideal career. SMWDB and Job Central sites are gateways to connect job seekers to a network of people and resources in their search for employment.
How We Help Community Organizations
SMWDB partners with organizations in our community to address high priority workforce development issues at the local level. On any specific partnership project or event, it may act as lead partner, co-lead partner or be involved in a steering or advisory committee role. SMWDB can also provide information and support to proposals for new initiatives and programs where a need has been identified.
Job Central Simcoe Muskoka is a free a one-stop shop for employers to post employment opportunities and for job seekers to find those opportunities within the region.
The feedback we received from our community was that job and employee seeking can be difficult due to the vast array of vehicles and styles of job postings. For example: job postings can be found on dedicated sites such as Workopolis, they can be found on private employment agency websites such as Manpower, or public employment website such as Employment Service Providers or on the employers’ websites themselves. The employer may share the posting via their social media network or purchase an advertisement in print media. Many of these sites are limited geographically or restricted to certain employment sectors, which complicates the search process for job seekers and the advertising process for employers.
Any job seeker and employer can now benefit from expanded reach to match skills sets with positions available. Employees currently commuting outside their home region now have the opportunity to lessen their environmental impact and expand the social capital they can invest in their quality of life and that of their community. It is a go-to vehicle for small and medium size enterprises to directly post their listings at no cost. Further, it provides a streamlined process for employers and job seekers to access Employment Ontario services who can support their employment needs at no cost.
This site was built for the County of Simcoe and District of Muskoka to bridge the gap between employers seeking the right candidate and the job seeker looking for an opportunity to work within the region.
For more information on Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board (SMWDB), please visit www.smwdb.com.