Following an on-line Work in Simcoe County Job Fair, held on June 2, the County released data collected through June on available job postings in the region.
Data collected from the County's website showed that in the month of June there were 8,498 active job opens in the region.
The most in-demand skills were in sales and service occupations, the trades, transport and equipment operation.
In the business sector the most needed jobs were in finance and administration.
The job fair was hosted by the County and area municipalities, the cities of Barrie and Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Employment Ontario, and the Province of Ontario.
“The County is always looking for ways to work with our partners in government, private and public sectors to address the needs of local companies and residents,” said Warden George Cornell. “Our virtual job fair was an excellent opportunity to connect job seekers and local employers, and we are proud to have successfully facilitated over 1,000 conversations between employers and job seekers through this initiative. Results like these are great news for our local economy as we progress with our recovery efforts.”
The County Job Fair hosted over 400 job seekers and 80 employers in a variety of industries including manufacturing and distribution, agriculture and food processing, hospitality and tourism, not-for-profit organizations, healthcare and social assistance, construction and the trades, and education and training.
The virtual event helped to increase awareness of local programs and services including Employment Ontario programs available to both job seekers and employers. It also helped to highlight immigrant specific employment programs and local careers and training opportunities with Georgian College and Lakehead University.
The Work in Simcoe County website includes local resources and job opportunities as well as vital information to empower and inspire residents.
Using an automated fetching tool to aggregate job listings from over 20 popular job boards and career sites, the portal provides services for job seekers, students, parents, and local government and helps to link residents with local opportunities.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times