Norfolk employers hoping to fill voids

Area employers are looking for help. Postmedia File

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Employers in Norfolk County are having a hard time filling positions.

Organizers of an upcoming job fair are hoping to help.

“As a job developer I get numerous calls daily from employers that are anxious to find staff, and this seems to be the time of year where there are a lot of positions available in Norfolk County,” said Lisa Savoy, a job developer at Fanshawe College.

There are currently 56 local employers registered for the job fair organized by Fanshawe College in partnership with Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development.

Norfolk’s jobless rate, which is estimated every three months, was at 6 per cent in March. It has been sitting around this figure for the last eight or nine years.

“There’s a larger tendency for young people who go away to post-secondary to delay their return to their home community,” said Jill Halyk, executive director at the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie. “They may choose to work in a larger urban area when they’re getting established.”

One of the things the Workforce Planning Board tries to accomplish is letting young people know there are opportunities for employment in rural communities.

Halyk says having 56 employers signed up for the job fair is pretty typical for what is happening to employers across South Western Ontario.

In some cases the number of people searching for work or working is declining because of an aging population, with older workers retiring. People in the core working age (29-54) are usually already employed, and younger workers are entering the workforce later because of post-secondary school.

The positions that are available at the job fair run from entry level up to skilled trades. Employers that have registered are in sectors such as health care, retail, hospitality, food industry, factories, general labour, and construction.

The job fair will be held on April 30 from 1-6 p.m. at the Aud in Simcoe. This is a free event for employers and job seekers to attend.

There will be a location set aside for interviews to take place during the job fair. Job seekers should bring their resumes and be prepared for an interview.