Employers set to hire in fourth quarter
Toronto — Canadian employers expect a steady hiring climate for the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. The survey of about 1,900 Canadian employers found 70 per cent expect to maintain current staffing levels in the fourth quarter, 21 per cent plan to hire, seven per cent anticipate cutbacks and two per cent are unsure of hiring intentions. With seasonal variations taken into account, the net employment outlook of 15 per cent is a four-percentage-point increase from the previous quarter and a 10-percentage-point increase from the same time last year.
B.C. funds training programs
Victoria — British Columbia is investing $5.2 million for a second year of training programs through the Employment Skills Access Program, to help almost 1,000 unemployed and low-skilled British Columbians acquire the skills they need to transition back to the labour force, find a better job or further their education. As part of the program, the province is providing $1.5 million to five educational institutions to fund general employment and job-specific skills training programs for 250 students. The remaining $3.7 million goes to the labour market consortium, consisting of 15 colleges and universities, to deliver training to 700 students that meets labour demands in specific regions.