Sewn Goods Sector Focus Group Report by EcoEquitable Released!
We are thrilled to share with you the Sewn Goods Sector Focus Group Report, authored by EcoEquitable and supported by the Ottawa Employment Hub.
Why study this issue?
We embarked on this project in 2018 to test our assumptions about the labour market for job seekers and employers in the Sewn Goods field. EcoEquitable is an established agency in connecting employers with a prospective employees and we want the best information in providing good recommendations and support to our students.
The process and the results of the report are interesting as they confirm much of our experiential knowledge. The process also uncovered some unexpected findings: job seekers were highly focussed on hard skills and specific tasks while employers were more flexible on these features, but focussed on soft skills, attitudes and flexibility as important job-seeker attributes.
Growth in the Sewn Goods Sector in Ottawa
Another feature of the report is the demonstrated need for more sewn-goods training and job-ready employers in order for the sector to grow in Ottawa. Many employers said that lack of trained employees prevented them from growing their businesses and bidding on larger projects.
We greatly thank the Ottawa Employment Hub, Jennifer Rosenthal, the facilitator and report writer, and all the Focus Group participants for contributing to this very useful effort!
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