Job portal a one-stop experience

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As the economy begins to reopen, people seeking employment now have a new tool to search for local jobs.

Grand Erie Jobs is the name for a new job portal launched June 26 by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, whose coverage area includes Brantford, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant counties, Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

“The pandemic has hit local residents hard, with thousands losing their jobs or having their hours cut, so there’s a clear need for this,” executive director Danette Dalton said of the portal, designed to connect job seekers with local employers.

Visitors to the website at www.workforceplanningboard.org/grand-erie-jobs will find three key features designed to be a one-stop experience.

The job board is automated to monitor more than 20 popular national, provincial and local online job sites to list jobs locally, so those hunting for work don’t have to visit multiple websites.

The jobs map area features an interactive map that Dalton said sets it apart from other job boards. Along with job postings on the map, users also can access more than 400 community services they may use.

“The map is designed that way because job seekers may want to know if there is child care, schools or transit near the workplace,” Dalton noted. “Other services are listed because residents sometimes need community supports to be successful, whether access to food banks, health services, counselling and more.”

The final new tool is the career explorer that provides information, such as wages, training and skills required for about 500 different occupations. Jobs that are in demand also will be identified, a tool that may prove useful for young people considering post-secondary education options.

The new website was originally scheduled to be implemented in the fall of 2020 to coincide with a virtual job and skills fair. The website’s debut is considered a soft launch, with tweaks occurring along the way toward a larger push in the fall.

“We threw it into high gear to get it out into the community sooner rather than later, given the climate we find ourselves in right now,” Dalton said.

 

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