The Manufacturing Services Sector is engaged in the transformation of materials or substances into new products through a manufacturing process or production line.  Examples include assembly plants such as those for the automotive industry or electronic components industry, iron and steel mills, and textile mills.

 

Employer One is a workforce development survey of businesses in Prescott-Russell.  Results were from 40 employers in the Manufacturing Services Sector in PR as of May 20, 2015.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

40 employers in the Manufacturing Services Sector responded to the Employer One Survey

Nearly 45% indicate they will be hiring the coming year.

Employers rely on word of mouth, on-site job posters, and unsolicited resumés to recruit new employees.

They indicate little difficulty in finding suitable job candidates.

Manufacturing Services employers value dedication and motivation, ability to work independently, and customer service most highly.

Technical Skills are very important for these employers.

 

Expected Hiring

 

  • Of the 29 businesses who responded, 13 (44.8%) plan to hire in the next year.

 

Labour Force Supply

 

  • While over 32.1 % of 28 responding companies indicated they had hired in the past year, 2 (22.2%) of 9 responding companies indicated positions that were difficult to fill. Over 74% of employers indicated that the availability of workers locally was either good or excellent. This would indicate a good supply in the labour market supply

 

Hiring in the past year

 

Occupational Groups where hiring took place in the past year Hiring planned in the coming year
Occupational Group Full Time Part Time
Perm. Temp. Perm. Temp.
Manufacturing or utilities 21 0 0 2 26
Sales and Service 3 0 1 0 2
Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations 3 0 0 0 8
Other 1 0 0 0 1
Management 0 0 0 0 1
Business, Finance and  Administration 0 0 0 0 1
Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations 0 0 0 0 0
Health Occupations 0 0 0 0 0
Education, Law  or Social, Community & Government Service 0 0 0 0 0
Arts, Culture or Recreation 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production Occupations 0 0 0 0 0

 

Occupations in demand between October 2013 and May 2015 in PR (# of positions)
Labourer 21 Helper 1
Sales Representative 3 Mechanic 1
Polisher 3 Retail Manager 1
Welder 3 Store Clerk 1

 

How do you rank the availability of workers locally?   27 responses  
Poor Fair Good Excellent
2 7.4% 5 18.5% 16 59.3% 4 14.8%

 

Recruitment

  • 60% of employers rely on word of mouth, on-site job posters, and unsolicited resumés openings.

 

What recruitment methods are used to fill open positions?
Method Number Percent Method Number Percent
Word of Mouth 7 35.0% Company’s Website 1 5.0%
On-site Job Posters 3 15.0% Newspaper Ads 1 5.0%
Unsolicited Resumes 2 10.0% Recruitment at Schools 0 0.0%
Online Job Board 2 10.0% Job Fairs 0 0.0%
Employment Centres 2 10.0% Other 0 0.0%
Recruitment Agency 2 10.0%  

 

Training Needs

  • 15 of 23 or over 65% of respondents supported the training of their workers.

 

Technical Training Requirements (# of multiple responses)
Health & Safety 6 Apprenticeships 1
Labourer 3 Equipment Handling 1
Welder 2 Forklift 1
Brew master skills 1 Truck Trailer technician 1
Essential Skill Requirements
Analytical problem solving 1 Teamwork 1
Dependability 1 Time Management 1

 

 

Source and Barriers to Training Existing Workers

  • Over 66% of employers rely on on-the-job training for workforce development.

 

Source of Training No. % Barriers to training No. %
On the Job 16 66.7% Awareness of training support 92 80.0%
College 5 20.8% Awareness of Existing Programs 8 7.0%
Professional Association 2 8.3% Cost 7 6.1%
University 1 4.2% Productivity Loss During Training 5 4.3%
Online 0 0.0% Trained Employees Lost to Competitor 2 1.7%
Vendor Specific 0 0.0% Training not Available Locally 1 0.9%
Private Trainer 0 0.0% Distance to Travel for Training 0 0.0%
Other 0 0.0% Other 0 0.0%

 

Top Competencies of Current and Future Workers

 

Competency Current Employees Future Employees
Number Percent Number Percent
Dedication and Motivation (Work Ethic) 19 22.6% 15 16.1%
Technical 12 14.3% 11 11.8%
Self-motivated / Ability to work independently 9 10.7% 10 10.8%
Customer Service 8 9.5% 9 9.7%
Analytical Problem Solving 7 8.3% 8 8.6%
Teamwork / Interpersonal Skills 7 8.3% 10 10.8%
Time Management 7 8.3% 9 9.7%
Willing to Learn 6 7.1% 7 7.5%
Creativity / Entrepreneurialism 4 4.8% 5 5.4%
Written and Verbal Communication 3 3.6% 4 4.3%
Computer Literacy 1 1.2% 4 4.3%
Other 1 1.2% 1 1.1%