Burlington, ON September 27, 2019 – Burlington rolls out the red carpet for companies to access talent with new Mohawk Industry and Employer website
On September 24th 2019, Mohawk College launched a new website dedicated to helping regional businesses attract and retain skilled employees. The rollout of this tool directly aligns with recent Red Tape, Red Carpet recommendations that got approved at City Council on September 23rd, 2019. Mohawk College was engaged during the Red Tape Red Carpet (RTRC) outreach and developed this tool in part due to recommendations that arose from the RTRC sessions. Recommendations included looking at a post-secondary attraction strategy for Burlington, bringing new programming, access to talent, and research and development opportunities for Burlington companies.
“We are excited to be working with Mohawk College on this website project as an immediate response to the Red Carpet Red Tape Task Force report,” says Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director at Burlington Economic Development Corporation. “Local companies have had a voice in the creation of this website and we are confident it will effectively link Mohawk’s well-trained graduates with Burlington businesses and industries.”
This tool will make it easier for Burlington companies and organizations to recruit and hire Mohawk College graduates, co-operative education students and students in other education streams. For more information on Burlington’s Red Tape Red Carpet Taskforce and how it is making Burlington more open for business visit burlington.ca/RTRC.
The new Industry and Employer website has been collaboratively designed to address the workforce development needs of local employers and industry partners. The site provides a one-stop shop for information and resources to: connect with students on campus; hire students and graduates; collaborate on applied research projects; develop strategic initiatives; and learn about applicable grants and funding for student employment.
“The City of Burlington has been a valued Mohawk partner for many years and we are pleased to support the Red Carpet Red Tape initiative through this website, giving employers throughout this region access to our job-ready graduates,” says Paul Armstrong, Vice-President of Academics at Mohawk College. “We are committed to student success and graduate success. This website represents another pathway to meaningful employment for Mohawk students.”
Initially launched to Burlington businesses, the site will be extended to employers throughout the region later this fall.
About the Red Carpet Red Tape Task Force
The RTRC is an initiative announced by Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward at the State of the City in January 2019. Its purpose is to use a series of events and feedback options to identify the challenges and obstacles facing growth and relocation of businesses in Burlington, and develop actionable solutions to keep Burlington Open for Business. In late September 2019, the twenty-two RTRC recommendations got approved by City Council, read more.
About Burlington Economic Development
Burlington Economic Development has a mandate to enhance the growth prospects of existing companies and bring new high-value firms to the community. Our focus is on growing the economic base to sustain Burlington’s competitive and prosperous community. Burlington Economic Development is the first point of contact for companies looking to expand, start-up or locate in Burlington.
About Mohawk College
Mohawk College has been providing a quality, higher education experience to students in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area since 1967. The college educates and serves more than c full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, at learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the college’s Aerospace Facility at Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers for six years in a row, and is home to the country’s largest net zero energy institutional building. More than 120,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.