WILWorks Solves Manufacturing Labor Shortages Through Creative Recruitment

WILWorks (Work Integrated Learning) also offers excellent opportunities for students

As the Canadian manufacturing industry continues to grapple with the effects of a nationwide labor shortage, recruitment methods have become a bigger talking point for employers.

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium’s suite of recruitment initiatives, WILWorks (Work Integrated Learning), has been well received by the industry as a way to connect manufacturers with the workforce support they need thanks to a vast network of young workers eager to pursue a career in the industry.

Let’s take a closer look at EMC’s WILWorks graduate program, a program that aims to connect manufacturers, recent graduates and young people.

EMC recently interviewed one participant, who participated in a WILWorks program, to gather her thoughts on the experience, information about her workplace, and what she learned throughout her internship. This participant provided valuable insight into the workings of the program and offered timely judgment on the current state and future prospects of Canadian manufacturing.

The tone of the interview was definitely positive. The participant discussed the various tasks she contributed to during her internship, including plastic welding, material preparation, workplace organization and general support actions.

Of particular note was the participant’s enjoyment of using state-of-the-art machinery, which she identified was a skill that could only be developed in a manufacturing environment. Great attention has been paid to the manufacturer’s safety and cleanliness standards; this company received a significantly favorable evaluation. Communicating and collaborating with employees was identified by the participant as a highlight of her typical work day and, based on the variety of guidance and advice she provided to EMC, her appreciation for these interactions was clear.

This participant also placed great importance on the recognition she received from senior management and stressed the importance of such recognition for all employees.

While the process of advertising an available position can be straightforward, attracting new employees to that position is decidedly more complex.

Young people today have a wide range of expectations for their potential workplaces that add to their need for fair compensation. Without adequately addressing these desires, manufacturers may have difficulty attracting these young workers to their organizations.

When posting available positions at your company, be sure to highlight what makes your job meaningful, the industry, and the world at large. People who can immediately understand the tangible impact a position has on its environment will be eager to learn more, providing the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the value of their company.

Having access to the thoughts and opinions of young professionals, like the one presented above, is an essential tool for modernizing and refining recruitment methods in the manufacturing industry. Through the EMC WILWorks Graduate program, business leaders can gain motivated, passionate and dynamic employees who establish valuable lines of communication with the future of work in this industry.

By leveraging the funding, networking, and operational benefits these WILWorks initiatives provide, start building the next generation of manufacturing success!

To learn more about EMC’s WILWorks graduate program, contact Susan McLachlan.

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