Labour Market Information – Skilled Trades

Literacy Ontario Central South (LOCS) is lucky to have two planning boards in our region, the Centre for Workforce Development (CFWD) and the Workforce Development Board (WDB).

Both organizations can provide you with current, local Labour Market Information (LMI), including hiring demands, skill requirements and/or wages for any career you are considering, including a skilled trade.

For example, if you are thinking about entering a skilled trade, you can contact them to find out what the job demand is for that specific trade in your region.

LMI Help Desks:   

  • If you are interested in working in City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Northumberland or Peterborough, contact the LMI Help Desk at the WDB to ask for information about the labour market. 
  • If you are interested in working in Hastings, contact the LMI Help Desk at the CFWD to ask for information about the labour market.

In-Demand Trades

Over the years the planning boards in our area have tracked and documented in-demand trades.  This list has included Automotive, Electrician, Truck and Coach Technician, Hairstylist and Plumber.  We have also seen a demand for Truck Drivers, Early Childhood Educators (ECE), Cooks, Bakers, Carpenters, Heavy Equipment Operators, Automotive Service Technicians, Electricians, Millwrights, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, and Construction Trades Helpers, Labourers.

If any of these trades interest you, contact the LMI Help Desk at either the CFWD (Hastings) or the WDB (City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Northumberland and Peterborough) to ask them for the most up-to-date Labour Market information. 

Edge Factor Videos

You can also learn about careers by watching Edge Factor videos developed in partnership with the planning boards:

This is a direct link to the manufacturing, construction, tourism, healthcare and agriculture videos made in our region: Local Virtual Workplace Experience Videos.  

Other Career Options

The CFWD and the WDB are not limited to answering questions about skilled trades.  They can answer your labour market questions about any job.  

You can also visit their websites for information:

The Centre for Workforce Development (CFWD)

The Workforce Development Board (WDB)

You can also contact your local employment services office for help making a career decision.

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