A couple of big job fairs are coming up in Grey Bruce.
On February 20th, the 2020 Regional Job Fair is set to take place at the Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound from 2 to 7 p.m.
Last year saw about 1,000 people attend.
This year there will be employers both large and small from around not just Grey, but also Bruce. A list of employers is expected to be posted on the madeingrey.ca website this week.
They include local hospitals, care homes, construction companies, Bruce Power suppliers, tourism and leisure businesses, transit operators, local government, restaurants, retail stores, manufacturers, processors and local non-governmental organizations.
Georgian and Fanshawe Colleges will also have booths there.
There will also be a second job fair on the 27th of February at John Deifenbaker Senior School in Hanover. From 1 to 3 p.m., it will be open to students and from 4 to 7:30 p.m., it will be open to everyone.
Grey County Economic Development Officer Jacinda Rudolph says there is a great need for health workers, tradespeople and people who want to work in the tourism business, "What's happening is that we don't have enough people to fill the jobs that are being posted, so our unemployment rate is quite low."
The YMCA is also offering "Stand Out From The Crowd" workshops the day before each job fair. From 11a.m. to 12 p.m. on the 19th at the YMCA in Owen Sound and on the 26th from 1 to 2 at the YMCA in Hanover.
YMCA Program Director for Employment Services Linda Alexander says to bring resumes to the job fair, dress professionally, research the companies you are interested in and be ready to tell them why you want to work there. She says it helps to have some specific questions for each employer. According to Alexander, it is common to hold interviews while at the job fair.
Meanwhile, Jacinda Rudolph says the new GTR (Grey Transit Route) could be a new selling point for attracting people to live and work in the area.
The Four County Labour Market Planning Board is going over the responses to the recent Employer One survey. This year, the Hanover-based organization will be examining what employers are doing to keep their employees.