The guide re-emphasises the old-fashioned
process of giving people time to
“learn the ropes” by giving good inductions,
making sure new starters are comfortable
with the basics of a role and providing them
with opportunities to discuss everyday is-sues.
It also argues that development and
support are crucial.
“Our own research published last year
showed that when inexperienced workers
were welcomed and supported by employ-ers,
it had a really positive impact for both
the individual and the business,” said Gill
Dix, head of strategy at Acas.
“We’ve had instances where a young
person has been particularly strong ac-ademically
but lacked confidence about
workplace etiquette, such as shaking hands
and looking colleagues in the eye,” said
Nadine Crowe, head of corporate citizen-ship
at Accenture. “Then, there are others
who have fantastic interpersonal skills, but
who need more help in another area such
as written English or language skills. My
advice is not to treat all young people the
same and generalize about what their needs
might be. You won’t effectively develop tal-ent
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ONTARIO SIGNS AGREEMENT
ON THE CANADA JOB GRANT
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister
of Employment and Social Development,
announced in early March that Ontario
was the first province to sign an agreement
in principle on the Canada Job Grant.
Announced in Economic Action Plan
2013, the Canada Job Grant is an in-novative
way of delivering training that
will lead to a guaranteed job. It involves
employers in training decisions so that
Canadians will be equipped with the skills
and training they need to fill available jobs.
It is designed to be flexible enough to meet
the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all
industries and regions.
The Canada Job Grant is part of the
Government of Canada’s commitment to
address the paradox of too many Canadians
without jobs in an economy of too many
jobs without Canadians. According to The
Conference Board of Canada, Ontario is
losing out on as much as $24.3 billion in
economic activity and $3.7 billion in pro-vincial
tax revenues annually because
employers cannot find people with the
skills they need.
“Our government’s top priorities are
creating jobs, economic growth and long-term
prosperity. The Canada Job Grant
will ensure that employers put more ‘skin
in the game’ and that skills training leads
to a guaranteed job,” said Minister Kenney.
“This is good news for Ontarians who will
have better access to training that leads
to real, guaranteed jobs and who will get
better bang for their buck on funding for
skills training. It is also good news for the
Ontario economy because the Canada Job
Grant will increase employer investment
in skills training and help employers train
Canadians for jobs that need to be filled
so their businesses can grow and succeed.”
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Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development
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