CPIA helps to unify industry in Canada
Last year the Canadian plastics industry was recognized as a priority sector by the federal government and achieved the status of Trade Team Canada-Plastics.
Why is this? Could it be that, through the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the industry speaks with one strong voice and is able to capture the political attention it rightly deserves?
The dynamics in the United States and Canada are very different. It is a mistake to draw parallels too quickly between situations on each side of the border — to extrapolate accordingly and to conclude that the outcome will be the same.
Notwithstanding Frank Moos' comments (April 26 Mailbag), CPIA is not an experiment. It is an established organization that has been able to achieve a certain harmony between and across the different sectors of the industry it serves, in order to effectively address issues, concerns and to capitalize on opportunities of common interest to the industry.
After two years, the cooperation between sectors has already created identifiable synergies and has provided the benefits of increased effectiveness and influence for our overall membership.
In response to whether CPIA will ``weather the storm engulfing its parents,'' I would like to add that APC and SPI are not ``parent'' organizations of CPIA. But, in fact, CPIA is a perfect example of how industry sectors with differing objectives can work together to the benefit of everyone.
Pierre G. Dubois
'One Stop' program acts as matchmaker
In October, I left the plastics industry and became an employment and training specialist for the Private Industry Council. I have since discovered a wealth of pre-paid services for employers which are little known, as the government tends to be terrible at marketing.
I would like to share the following regarding the April 5 Viewpoint, ``Hunt for employees starts with schools.''
I would like to offer another, much easier avenue. Under a new federal employment and training law called the Workforce Investment Act, each county will set up a location, called One Stop, for employers to match up with employees.
Our services are funded with tax dollars and include employment matching services, on-the-job training, pre-screening of applicants, labor market trend information, job postings and on-line resume searching. One Stop can be visited in person, or simply by going online.
The new law requires that all local community, technical and vocational colleges be represented. Funds may be available for you to provide on-the-job training as well.
Why go through the hassle of contacting each college separately? Check out your local One Stop (or it may be called Career Development Center), and you may be surprised at what is available to help you find qualified workers.
To find out about the One Stop in your local area, contact your county's Private Industry Council or state employment security office.
Private Industry Council