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Laminacorr Thrives in the Competitive Corrugated Plastics Industry

Laminacorr has operated in manufacturing in eastern Ontario since 2013 in the Cornwall Business Park. The 21-year-old company owned by Guy Robichaud and family employs 60 workers and has grown to be the largest independent corrugated plastics product manufacturer in North America.
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SigmanPoint Technologies’ Bold Vision of Electronic Manufacturing

SigmanPoint Technologies is located in Cornwall in eastern Ontario, and was founded in 1999 by Dan Bergeron, who still runs the company today. The company culture respects every person and has successfully grown from 5 to over 300 committed employees in 20 years.
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How to Thrive in Winter in Canada

As the Baby Boomer generation leaves the workforce, many new jobs are becoming available across the country, especially in manufacturing. There are many opportunities in Canada, including in the eastern Ontario region, for new Canadians. 
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Increase Your Job Prospects with SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO)

SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) can help you find available jobs in manufacturing and will set you up with the skills development you need. The SAO program exists to give you the best shot possible at landing a secure, well-paying, exciting job in eastern Ontario’s manufacturing sector.
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How to Boost Hiring with the Eastern Ontario Training Board

Rather than trying to do everything within your manufacturing company, there are many resources available to you right in eastern Ontario. In addition to your local workforce development offices and economic development officers, you have the Eastern Ontario Training Board to help you with hiring and employee retention.
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Play the Game of Life in Eastern Ontario… and Win

Dear reader, I have a question for you. What is life?
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What’s Life Actually Like in Eastern Ontario?

As house prices and the general cost of living continue to climb in major cities, you might be considering alternatives. You need to first find a location that has a perfect job for you. Then you can start to look into what life is like in other cities in Ontario. The province’s best kept secret for work-life balance is living in eastern Ontario.
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Manufacturing Trends That You Need to Know

The manufacturing industry is entrenched in eastern Ontario, but is rapidly changing and improving in response to many external factors. To continue to thrive, manufacturing needs to stay on top of key trends.
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Looking for Your Next Manufacturing Business Magazine?

You're busy running a business: hiring, training, and keeping up with technology, manufacturing trends, and sector changes. You likely don't have much time to go out and find manufacturing resources, so we've compiled the top 3 magazines for you.
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3 Ways to Welcome New Canadians to Your Business

New Canadians are an important talent source for manufacturers, but they're dealing with a lot: moving to a new place, acclimatizing to a new culture and its customs, unfamiliar weather, and maybe learning a second or third language as well. Here are 3 ways your manufacturing company can welcome new Canadians.
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Moving to Canada? Here's What to Expect from Canadian Weather

As a new Canadian, you may be excited about the opportunities in Canada’s eastern Ontario region, like the many manufacturing jobs opening up over the next few years as Baby Boomers leave the workforce.
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What’s Life Like in Cornwall and the Surrounding Area?

Baby Boomers are retiring and manufacturing jobs are becoming available. The Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Workforce Development Plan (EOMWDP) data indicates that in the last quarter of 2017, there
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Use Virtual Reality to Find Out if Manufacturing Is the Career for You

What if you could simulate what your future career would look like before you made plans for education and training? You might find that the career you are planning for isn’t what you thought it was. Or you might find that it’s even more interesting and exciting than you anticipated.
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You Don’t Have to Leave Your Post Secondary Community After Graduation

After graduating from college or university, your first thought is likely to move back home while you figure out where you’re going to work. It’s cheaper to live at home with your family in the short term, and you’re familiar
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Optimize Your Hiring Process with Magnet

Knowing where to post your job opportunities online can be a daunting task, with many options available, all requiring different formats. To simplify the hiring process and optimize your chances of finding the best
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Job Searching? Here’s Why You Want to Be on Magnet

If you’ve been online searching for jobs, you’ve likely come across the usual suspects: Indeed, Monster, or even jobs posted on specific company websites. The job board that you might not have heard of yet, but that is worth signing up for, is Magnet.
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Worried About Labour Retention for Ontario Manufacturing?

As Baby Boomers increasingly leave the workforce over the next decade for retirement, the next generation of workers will need to take their place. In past blog posts, we’ve discussed many methods of attracting Millennial workers to manufacturing. But that’s only half the puzzle.
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Optimize Your Manufacturing Training Onboarding Process

You are aware that most often an employee onboarding process can be overwhelming both to the organization and the new employee. Onboarding is often filled with bureaucracy and tedium at best and, at worst, is an experience so unpleasant that it contributes to high employee turnover.
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Two Manufacturing Books That Won't Bore Your Teens to Death

 You know your students and children best. Maybe you have one who you believe could flourish in STEM. You’ve watched their skills development journey, and found them to be a curious person (always taking things apart and putting those things back together again) or technologically adept. Perhaps they work well in teams or are always looking for a more efficient way of getting jobs done.
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Promote Manufacturing with Historical Figures Like Rosie the Riveter

Promoting the history of manufacturing is a great way to help people see where manufacturing comes from and help them imagine themselves as a member of the workforce. As one way to reach people with this information, consider sharing blog posts, e-books, or social media posts about some of the great people in manufacturing history.
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We Need More Women in Manufacturing

Women account for 48% of the Canadian workforce, but only 28% of the manufacturing workforce. This job rate share hasn't changed for 30 years, according to Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME).
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Attention Parents: Discover These STEM Books for Preschool

One of the Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Workforce Development Plan (EOMWDP) mandates is to educate the eastern Ontario community about the vast opportunities in manufacturing. When we make manufacturing accessible to youth, we help them see themselves in this exciting world of technology and innovation. 
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Upskill Now: Optimize Tech and Robotics Skills in Manufacturing

Upskilling your manufacturing employees is essential in an increasingly technological world. Manufacturers in the Quinte region have communicated their need for talent that can work with and repair computers. 
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Don’t Worry About Losing Jobs to AI

Many job seekers worry about the future of technology, and how the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will affect the number of available jobs. While pictures like this robot can make it seem that we are creating machines to replace humans, the majority of real-world applications are more similar to the picture below of a person assisted by software on a laptop.
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Manufacturing Job Profiles: Process Control Engineer

Process control engineering is the 8th most popular manufacturing job in eastern Ontario, according to data collected by the Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Workforce Development Project (or EOMWDP for short).
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Holy "Tinkerers", Batman! There Is a Graphic Novel About Manufacturing!

One of our goals with this blog is to help manufacturing employers in eastern Ontario connect with the next generation of workers, a generation that some employers may feel completely out of touch with. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for big cultural hits that can be used to help young people see that manufacturing is an exciting industry full of opportunity. This time we’ve come across a particular item you might be interested in: a graphic novel all about manufacturing.
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How to Write a Great Resumé for a Job in Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a dynamic and cutting-edge industry, so you’re going to want to update your resumé to match. No matter what your current skill set is, these are easy ways to spruce up your resumé so it gets to the top of the pile.
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How to Prepare for Job Fairs in Ontario Manufacturing

To truly maximize the return on your investment, and ensure you’re attracting the best and brightest, here’s what you should consider and prepare for as a participant of job fairs.
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What’s Life Like in the Kingston-Pembroke Economic Region?

The region of Kingston-Pembroke is located in eastern Ontario, and includes the towns of Belleville, Kingston, Petawawa, and Pembroke. These cities all have access to beautiful waterfront, whether on Lake Ontario or along the Ottawa River. In addition, the region has a strong manufacturing sector that continues to employ many local residents.
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Could Ontarian Cuisine Make It on Netflix Shows About Cooking?

The second episode of the Netflix docuseries Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is all about salt. The show’s host, Samin Nosrat, visits Japan to document the uses of salt and salty tastes in Japanese cooking to make exceptional food. She explores the process of making traditional soy sauce, gathering sea salt from strands of seaweed, (moshio) and making miso soup from scratch.
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Can You Picture Living and Working in the Kawartha Region?

Eastern Ontario is an amazing place to live and raise a family. The region is full of culture, vibrance, and economic prosperity. To help you decide if the eastern Ontario region is a place you’d like to relocate to, we’ve compiled a list of the benefits of the towns in the Kawartha area and what they have to offer job seekers.
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The Connection Between Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and Ontario Manufacturing

In 2018, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat aired on Netflix. If you haven’t seen the show yet, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a four-episode documentary miniseries hosted by Samin Nosrat, a chef and writer of a regular food column for The New York Times. The show takes a loving view of the process of making food, broken down into its simplest tenets: salt, fat, acid, and heat. 
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The Connection Between Cooking Shows on Netflix and Food Manufacturing

You know that your business is interesting. You love how your product is made, the care and craftsmanship throughout the entire manufacturing process. You have employees who love knowing they’ve made great food that feeds the whole province. But you don’t just like making food that feeds people: you demand quality. There’s a long tradition of passionate food makers from eastern Ontario; passion for your product is a subject you could talk about for hours to whoever will listen.
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Manufacturing Job Profiles: Manufacturing Manager

If you're close to finishing your education, you're likely wondering what career you'd like to have once you're done. In the next 5 years, Baby Boomers will be leaving the workforce and the manufacturing sector is looking for skilled workers to take their place.
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Why Inbound Marketing for Manufacturing Is So Important

Inbound marketing is a technique for drawing people to products and services through easily searchable and enticingly relevant online content. Inbound marketing aims to create valuable experiences for your target audience, that have a positive impact on people and your business.
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Manufacturing Job Profiles: Machinist and Tooling Inspector

According to data collected by the EOMWDP, a machinist and tooling inspector is the 9th most popular job in eastern Ontario. These jobs are ideal for people who have strong attention to detail, can read and interpret engineering drawings, and can explain complicated ideas in a simple, clear way. 
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What Does Brockville Have to Offer?

The Ottawa region of eastern Ontario includes Brockville, Cornwall, and Ottawa-Gatineau, and boasts more than 25,000 employers and 500,000 jobs.
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How To Make Manufacturing Recession Proof

In Ontario, the automotive manufacturing sector was hit particularly hard in the last recession. Although automation of the industry was blamed for many of the job losses, that very same technology is now changing the landscape of Ontario manufacturing. Automation and innovation are the keys to preparing your business for the next recession.
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Manufacturing Job Profiles: Welder

According to the data compiled by the EOMWDP (Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Workforce Development Plan) project, welders are the 7th most popular job in eastern Ontario’s manufacturing sector. In an industry that employs 65,000 people, welders are in high demand.
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Discover a Workforce Development Tool for Ontario Manufacturing

The Ontario manufacturing industry is what drives the province’s economy, but as Baby Boomers retire, the sector is struggling to fill new positions. Years of misinformation and outdated views about the manufacturing industry have driven away the next generation of the labour force. Seeking out and identifying workforce trends has therefore become an important skill for manufacturing companies, EDOs, and workforce development professionals who are trying to boost employment. Statistics Canada is a tried and true source of labour market information, offering accurate data to help workforce professionals identify trends. But StatsCan results take time to collect and analyze, and data is not always relevant to smaller communities and regions.
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How Adaptive Learning Benefits Manufacturing Training

Much of traditional corporate learning is costly, because it takes employees away from their jobs, and it has to be repeated endlessly. On top of that, a lot of information learned during training doesn’t stick with employees and that’s because our brains lose most of the information we learn within 48 hours of learning it. In a sense, this is a helpful function of the brain: it helps sort out information. We learn a lot of new information in a day, but we don’t need all of it.
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Discover One of the Best Job Search Sites for Eastern Ontario

A job search can be exhausting, doubly so if you’re looking to switch industries. It’s so demoralizing: sending out resumes to an online void and somehow getting zero responses, not even a “thanks for your interest.” It’s something no one enjoys.
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How to Optimize the Manufacturing Participation Rate

In a report by the UN, researchers placed the number of worldwide unemployed youths (15-24) at around 75 million. In Canada, workers in this age range are more likely than older workers to be unemployed, and even though youth workers are generally faster at gaining new jobs than other age groups, they are also more likely to be employed for shorter periods.
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How to Take an Experiential Learning Approach to Manufacturing

 You’ve probably heard students complain that they’ll never use advanced mathematics in the real world. It probably happens every year. You’d probably like to prove to them all the time that the theoretical concepts in the classroom have a definite link to a later career. Experiential learning is the way to do that.
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Get Training for Manufacturing Careers

If you’re looking for a new career, you can get manufacturing training and find a job in eastern Ontario. Manufacturing careers are high-tech, clean, and stable, so don’t discount the manufacturing industry as a potential career path. Manufacturing continues to grow across eastern Ontario, employing some 65,000 people. But about 86 percent of manufacturers across Canada are reporting having difficulties hiring, and in eastern Ontario that difficulty could be linked to a skills shortage.
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Manufacturing in Popular Culture Is Everywhere

Manufacturing is unfortunately (and falsely) believed to be an unglamorous occupation, when in actuality there are clean and lean productions going on in eastern Ontario on the cutting edge of technological advancement. People with digital skills will be highly sought after in the coming years. As a member of the first truly digital generation, you are perfectly poised to be an innovator in Ontario manufacturing.
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Manufacturing Skills Training: Soft Skills versus Hard Skills

When you're getting ready for a career, you often think in terms of training for the specific job you'll be doing. This is called hard skills development or training; an example of manufacturing skills training could be learning how to weld or computer coding. Job training focuses on the hard skills you need to do the job successfully. And you need to learn those skills in any job you do. But skills training encompasses a broader way of approaching a job. Skills training includes the soft skills.
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How to Get the Most Out of Job Opportunities in Eastern Ontario

Nationally, about 86 percent of manufacturers are reporting having difficulties hiring despite the manufacturing industry’s growing strength. Eastern Ontario employs some 65,000 people, and in this region, hiring difficulties appear linked to a skills shortage in the workforce. This skills shortage is not the fault of job seekers but a result of the changing nature of jobs.
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This Is Your Career on Manufacturing Training

The manufacturing industry in eastern Ontario alone employs 65,000 people, and it is growing and improving every year with the help of the latest technology. To secure a place in one of these cutting-edge, large corporations, consider investing in yourself through manufacturing training.
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The Changing Landscape of Ontario Manufacturing

Manufacturing in Ontario is currently strong, with companies embracing technological change and harnessing efficiencies. But there were economic challenges in the past. 
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The Value of Skills Development in Manufacturing

As you are searching for your next workplace, one that provides a secure income as well as challenging and enjoyable daily work, think about the skills development that you might need to increase the chances of getting hired. In today’s fast-paced world, technology is changing the workplace rapidly. But if you invest in new skills to understand that technology, you will continue to be competitive in today’s job market.
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Here’s What Ontario East Is Doing for Manufacturing

The Ontario East Economic Development Commission (or Ontario East for short) promotes eastern Ontario as an excellent place to do business. Ontario East supports business growth and attracts new businesses to the region. One of the target sectors that is experiencing growth is advanced manufacturing and materials technology, and there is an established cluster of manufacturing plants in the eastern Ontario region.
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3 Reasons Not to Write Off a Manufacturing Career

As you graduate, you might not be thinking of a manufacturing career as a place where you’ll thrive. You have a lot of choices confronting you: where to continue your education, should you continue your education, whether to live in residence or an off-campus apartment. You’re busy wondering what electives you should take and if there’s a way to schedule your classes so you don’t have to wake up too early, or maybe so you don’t spend your whole Wednesday at school.
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What Is Manufacturing Day and Should You Celebrate

Did you know there is such a thing as a Manufacturing Day? Well, there is! Created in 2012 by the Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Manufacturing Day has a mission to help educate the populace on popular misconceptions about manufacturing to change the perception of the industry. Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for Ontario manufacturing companies to open their doors and show residents, youth, and job seekers what manufacturing is all about. The official date for Manufacturing Day is October 5th, but Manufacturing Day can really be any date that works for you.
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Will Automation and Technology Adoption in Manufacturing Hurt Jobs?

As a job seeker looking for a new career, (possibly because your last career was disrupted by changes in technology) you’re looking for stability for the long term. You know it’s a big change to commit to an entirely new career path. No one wants to make that commitment only to find out in a few years’ time that all the jobs are gone.
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Manufacturing Companies in Eastern Ontario Embrace Technology Adoption

While job hunting, you might consider looking for work that will keep you interested and challenged in the long run. According to the Forbes article 5 Ways to Achieve Career Fulfillment, being challenged at work, and using your full potential are key to loving your job.
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Manufacturing Jobs: Information Technology Professionals

As you decide what you want to go to post-secondary to study, it’s helpful to consider what jobs are actively hiring. That way you can plan your path to a tangible job goal at the end of your studies. Nowadays, many jobs require specific skills training. It’s better to plan a career path before you graduate, so you can ensure you have the skills you need for a job after graduation.
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Why You Should Consider Staffing from Your Local Labour Pool First

You’ve likely heard that it’s cheaper to keep an existing customer than to sign another one. Well, it’s also cheaper to retrain a current employee than to hire and train a new one.
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Remember This Often Untapped Resource: Hiring People with Disabilities

In the Workforce Development Board’s (WDC) recent report titled “Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers”, the 2012 employment rate of Canadians aged 25-64 with disabilities was just 49%, which was 30% lower than those without a disability.
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Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Embraces Technology Adoption

Technology has made so many aspects of life easier, from Google navigation on your phone to smart home thermostats, it’s hard to imagine life before these conveniences. Industries that have embraced technology in the same way that we have in our personal lives make for more efficient, advanced facilities. Eastern Ontario manufacturing plants are investing in technology, making businesses better not just in terms of profitability, but also in terms of employee satisfaction.
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Manufacturing Jobs Profile: Engineering Professionals

Manufacturing industries in Ontario are currently looking for engineering professionals. If you excelled in your high school math and science courses, and you really like the idea of designing or solving complex problems using technical skills, you would love a career in engineering.
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Manufacturing Jobs Profile: Skilled Trades

Some of the most in-demand job opportunities within manufacturing are in the skilled trades.
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The 4th Industrial Revolution and What It Means for Your Job Search

The 4th industrial revolution is here, and though it might sound daunting, it simply refers to the digitization of industry. Just as technology has positively impacted your daily life, it’s also entered the workplace and is helping to advance the operations of companies and their employees.
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Benefits to Digital Technology Adoption You Might Not Have Considered

We're in the 4th industrial revolution, and digital technology is allowing businesses to scale. Pierre Cléroux, of the BDC, released a report titled “The 4th industrial revolution is here. Are you ready?” highlighting the benefits of technology adoption. Business owners across the country were interviewed to determine how the digital landscape is improving the bottom line. Scott Hudson was featured in the report and explained the key drawback of sticking with traditional manufacturing and production methods.
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Discover Some Ontario Manufacturing Success Stories

There are many Ontario manufacturing success stories. It’s easy to find one that will inspire you to consider a manufacturing career. From IT gear for the Olympic Games and high-tech equipment for NASA to vegan desserts and clothing labels, everyone can find a product they will be proud to manufacture. Once you find your manufacturing passion and become part of the company family, you may never want to leave.
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What You Need to Know About Digital Automation

Are you looking for a job in manufacturing but are worried when you hear about factories closing and about the rising prevalence of jobs being transformed by automation? While it is true that automation is transforming the manufacturing industry, automation is creating as many jobs as it is outdating.
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Have You Heard About This Eastern Ontario Job Bank?

We’ve just got wind of this incredible new eastern Ontario job bank. It’s called P&G “Career Match” and this job bank matches employers with workers who will thrive in their company. It’s also designed to help in cases of labour shortage, where job seekers can afford to be a bit pickier about the jobs they want.
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What Should I Do When I Leave High School: Should I Go to College?

Congratulations, your high school days are almost over. You’re probably either excited or feeling anxious about the road ahead or, even more likely, you’re feeling a little bit of both. As someone who grew up during the recession, and who has been a firsthand witness of technology’s rapid acceleration, you know that you can’t necessarily rely on the life path that your parents or teachers grew up with. 
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Life in Eastern Ontario Is Supported by Modern Manufacturing

According to “A Different Ontario”, the income and employment report by the Mowat Centre, the 2008-2015 recession had a deep impact on Ontario. But its effects were felt differently by Ontarians from different backgrounds and in different regions of the province.
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What Should I Do When I Leave High School: Should I Go to University?

It’s the “big question”: What are you going to do after high school? Everyone wants to know. You probably get asked a lot at family functions. It’s a lot of pressure to come up with a good answer. On top of that, you know the job market is changing – fast. You worry that by the time you complete your degree, it will already be obsolete.
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Don't Count Yourself Out of the Manufacturing Job Market

Want a job that pays well for doing something that you’re passionate about? Take a second look at the manufacturing job market. A recent Bloomberg article notes that millennial men tend to be missing from the job market.
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What Should I Do When I Leave High School: Work After Graduation?

As you get closer to graduation, it can feel like you are at a crossroads with so many options for what you should do next. You’re probably feeling overwhelmed by the input from your parents, teachers, siblings, and friends. They all want what’s best for you, but it can be so confusing.
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How to Optimize Recruitment and Retention in Manufacturing

You already know that your business’s most important asset is its workforce. You’ve put great effort into hiring, creating competitive pay packages, and ensuring a safe manufacturing plant. But how can you go one step further in order to really max out your recruitment and retention potential? It starts with highlighting your company’s strengths, and taking the pulse of how your employees feel.
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What Should I Do When I Leave High School: Should I Travel?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the well-meaning advice you’re getting from parents, teachers, siblings, friends, guidance counsellors, and just about any other adult imparting career advice upon you, we’d like to help. We’ve been developing this blog series to offer suggestions that can help you make informed decisions about the path you want your life to take after graduating high school. This blog post’s topic is one very big question: should I travel?
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The Solution to the High Cost of Living

The 2008 recession had profound effects on Ontario and in some cases we are still feeling those effects. The household median income growth in Ontario from 2005 to 2015 was the slowest in all of Canada, according to Mowat Centre’s A Different Ontario report on the 2016 census.
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Are Millennial Men Missing From the Manufacturing Job Market?

There are currently half a million young men missing from the job market, and Bloomberg's report on millennial men leaving a hole in the U.S. job market is suggesting it’s because they are tired of long days and minimum wage positions they aren’t enthusiastic about. 
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What Does Canada's Labour Shortage Mean for Young Job Seekers?

The upcoming labour shortage in Canada is projected to last at least a decade, and that’s because thousands of baby boomers will be retiring in the next five years, leaving more jobs unfilled than filled. A lot of companies in the coming years will struggle to fill jobs.
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Is a Career in Manufacturing the Right Fit for You?

The period following graduation is a strenuous time for anyone, but it can be even trickier if you don’t know what you want to do when you graduate. You probably feel yourself pulled in all sorts of directions.
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5 Reasons Why You'll Want to Work in Eastern Ontario

Eastern Ontario is a great place to work and live. You’ll find great jobs, affordable housing, natural scenery, and friendly communities. It’s a great place to play outside (on land or water), join a sports team, catch a live show, or find a new hobby.
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Discover One of the Best Job Search Tools

Getting information about jobs that are available now is great, but what if you could also access archived Ontario job-ad information from the previous twelve months? You’d have access to all that information - from advertised salaries to required skill sets - making you way more informed before you even start your job search. 
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What Skills Do You Need for the Future of Work

We’ve come a long way from the days when the three Rs of “reading, writing and ‘arithmetic” covered all the bases. To find satisfying employment, you will need a much wider range of transferable skills for the future of work.
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Free Training for Job Seekers in Eastern Ontario

The Elevate Plus Training Program provides free six-week training for jobs in the eastern Ontario manufacturing sector, specifically within Bay of Quinte. The project was created by employers and educators to deliver exactly the skills required to be successful in a career within the industry.
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How to Optimize Manufacturing Onboarding Training

With training new hires foremost in your mind for the next five years as more and more baby boomers retire, you - along with many manufacturing executives - will be looking for ways to optimize manufacturing onboarding training. Why focus on onboarding?
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What Will the Jobs of the Future Be?

As you begin to think about your future, you’re probably wondering how you can have an impact on this world, in a job that is stable, and even fun. 
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Why You Need to Develop Future Skills, Right Now

The job search process is intense, and it can feel like a full-time job itself. Updating your resumé, keeping on top of online job postings, and getting to interviews can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start, and how to be the best candidate for your dream job.
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How to Use Social Media to Attract Youth to Manufacturing

If you’re looking to attract youth to jobs in manufacturing, it helps to speak their language. 
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The Hidden Value of Manufacturing Jobs for Millennials

When employees feel that they have achieved a work-life balance, their stress levels stay low, which allows them to be more engaged and productive employees.
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