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					                     Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities




Rapid Re-employment and Training Service


              Presentation to:
      Service Delivery Advisory Group

              February 16, 2007
Rapid Re-employment & Training Service Concept

  The Opportunity for Change:

     Effective labour adjustment programs and services are vital
      elements to ensure that Ontario workers remain relevant and
      competitive in a rapidly changing employment environment.

     In the Fall the Ontario Government provided new funding under the
      Economic Stimulus Package for services and programs to help job-
      threatened and laid off workers find new jobs

     With its expanded menu of programs and services the Ministry of
      Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has an opportunity to
      expand and enhance its assistance to companies, workers and
      communities affected by layoffs and downsizing.

     Building on the Adjustment Advisory Program (AAP), the Rapid Re-
      employment and Training Service strategy (RRTS) will include
      several new and enhanced practices to quickly provide effective
      programs and services to affected workers and communities.

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Rapid Re-employment & Training Service: The Vision

         Proactively respond to labour adjustment situations affected by layoffs,
          plant closures or job threatened across the province

         Deploy Rapid Response Teams to provide timely, focused and
          integrated training and employment solutions to affected workers and
          communities

         Play a leadership role in coordinating a multi-ministry response to
          provide the full array of adjustment services and interventions to assist
          affected workers and communities

         Identify inter-ministerial partnerships to leverage resources and
          expertise to enhance the value and effectiveness of the Ontario
          response

         Enable the rapid access to adjustment services and training funds

         Identify appropriate service providers in the community and address any
          service gaps


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Rapid Re-employment and Training Service: Service Promise

   Rapid Re-employment and Training Service (RRTS) establishes a
   number of targeted service commitments, including:

          A government response within one hour of a public
           announcement of a major closure or downsizing with outreach
           to the affected communities

          Development of individual service action plans for affected
           workers, including a training plan where appropriate, will be
           ready within 15 days of initial assessment

          Response team will report back within 30 days




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Rapid Re-employment and Training Service: Focused Training and
Job Services

   The Fall Economic Stimulus Package provided funding targeted at four key areas:


        More immediate response to closures and downsizing:
              –Special response teams
              –One hour response
              –Individual action plans - 15 days
              –Service Action Plans - 30 days




        Customized skills and supports:
              –Trainingand skills upgrading
              –Subsidized job placements




        Enhancing workplace literacy:
                    training programs
              –Literacy
              –Community outreach




        Help for laid-off apprentices:
              –Unsubsidized  job placements
              –Accelerated in-school training




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RRTS – Business Processes / Relationships
   At a high level, the following diagram illustrates the key service components and
   underlying relationships that define the RRTS approach at both the community and
   employee/employer level.


                    Public
              Announcement –
              Initial Response

                                                                                          Monitor of Local
                                  Deploy Rapid                  Create Service
                                                                                           Adjustment
                                 Response Team                   Action Plan
                                                                                             Actions



                Formation of                                                             Community Level Response
              Local Adjustment
                 Committee
                                                               Support to Laid
                                                               Off Apprentices
                                                                                               Monitor and
                                  Individual
                                                                                             Evaluate Rapid
                                   Worker
                                                                                             Re-employment
                                 Assessment
                                                              Rapid Access to                 Interventions
                                                              Local Services,
                                                               Training / Bulk
                                                                  Training

                                                                    Affected Employees/Employer Level Response



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Rapid Response Team: Responsibilities


       MTCU assembles/contacts Rapid Response Team members in
        response to emerging or active adjustment situations
          – The scope of services will be available in all adjustment situations,
            however the intensity of the intervention will depend on a number
            of factors including the number of lay-offs and the community
            impact

       Identify the needs of affected workers and the resources required

       Develop a Service Action Plan including:
         – Identifying the range of Ontario government services available
         – Identifying potential training service providers in a community
         – Identifying adjustment “gaps” and developing action plans


       Monitor and implement the Service Action Plan

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Case Study – Beta Brands Plant Closure
Beta Brands, Plant Closure Context                                Labour Adjustment Challenge
•   Food industry, plant located in London, Ontario               •   302 affected employees (275 hourly, 27 salaried)
•   Plant has approx. 100 years in the community                  •   15 employees are skilled workers
•   Maker of food products, e.g., crackers, etc.                  •   50% are over 50 years of age and have 25 to 35 years
•   Under the McCormick Labels                                        of service
                                                                  •   70% have less than a grade 12, many have less than a
                                                                      grade 9 education
                                                                  •   1/3rd use public transit; dozen have broken English,
                                                                      50/50 gender split
Rapid Response Team Actions to Date                               Experiences to Date
•   Set-up of Rapid Response Team (RRT), including both           •   Still a work in progress – use of personal contacts to
    Ministry Partners and local EAS provider                          identify and establish Rapid Response Team
•   Information from other ministries received                    •   RRT seen as a very effective forum for collaboration,
•   Procured resources to develop Service Action Plan and             leveraging of resources and information sharing
    undertake initial assessment
Participating RRT Members:
• MTCU – LMTD
• Ministry of Labour
• Ministry of Community and Social Services
• Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
Other Service Providers and Partners
• Service Canada
• Local EAS Provider
• Job Connect
• City of London, Economic Development Office
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