Keeping on last week’s theme of summer jobs and internships (http://bit.ly/iaNpYT), I’d like to introduce everyone to Canada’s Sector Councils. Don’t worry, this won’t be awkward networking, I’ll just tell you all about them because I’m a huge fan of their work.
I’ll be honest, I never really knew much about sector councils – or that they even existed. Working here for nearly a year, I get to see a lot of the clients who come through our doors; this includes quite a few sector councils. Let me tell you, they should be on every student’s list of best friends, somewhere after your parents and before your roomie who won’t stop stealing your dishes and leaving them in the sink for a week.
So what is a “sector council”? Sounds sort of like it’s from Lord of the Rings; Ring Baring Sector Council. If you look at the global market place it’s going through constant changes, like the crumby economy, shifting populations, advances in technology etc… The Alliance of Sector Councils (TASC) is there to protect and look after Canadians and make sure they have the appropriate skill sets and knowledge.
The TASC say eloquently that “Sector Councils are industry-led partnership organizations that address skills development issues and implement solutions in key sectors of the economy.”
So what does this mean for you? You know how every organization has a Human Resources (HR) department to take care of hiring, training, pay, employees benefits, promotions and such? A Sector Council is like one huge HR department for an entire sector/industry. These councils work in partnerships with employers, employees, professional associations, educators and the government to look after special human resource needs to keep everybody afloat and employed during marketplace changes.
So basically they have continuous communications with everybody you need to talk to, to get a job. Awesome.
There are 33 different Sector councils that range from Apparel and Aviation to International Trade and Policing. You can find a full list of the councils and their contact information right here: http://www.councils.org/sector-councils/list-of-canadas-sector-councils/.
Reflecting on the work my organization has done for these sector councils, it really is a heck of a lot of recruiting materials that range from website to brochures and training classes. So these entire industries are just dying to get more people, like you, jobs.So say you want a job as a lab technician or are just looking for a little bit of experience in biology? Did you even know there was council called BioTalent Canada? They have a special internship dedicated to first time employment for students.
Are you in college and looking to do your apprenticeship? Did you know there is an entire council dedicated to that called the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum?
Here are some great examples:
Construction Sector Council (CSC): http://www.careersinconstruction.ca/
Mining Industry HR Council (MiHR): http://www.acareerinmining.ca/en/
Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC): http://www.careersinwood.ca/
These councils aren’t just for adults, they have a strong focus on students, ‘cause you gotta snag ‘em while they’re young. In fact there have several research reports out looking at how to attract students. They’re even doing research with students in kindergarten to grade 12.
They also have programs set up for the over the 200,000 teenagers who drop out of school before the age of 16.
When looking for summer employment, I strongly encourage you to take a peek at what each of the sector councils offer. If you like what you see, don’t be afraid to contact them. They’re not like the scary employer silent judging you over the phone. They genuinely want to help you and get you informed.
For more information on the sector councils visit www.councils.org.