Professional And Workforce Development
Oct 15, 2011
Introducing Prosperity Partners journey to opportunities
The fall season at Landscape Ontario will include the launch of our Prosperity Partners education programming.
Sep 15, 2011
Aim of workshops is to improve human resources
Workshop attendees were focused, productive and provided concrete information that will certainly assist our project’s human resources consultant and marketing consultant with the next steps.
Aug 15, 2011
Leadership and the challenging spring of 2011
This past spring will be one talked and written about for many years.
Jul 15, 2011
Safety, locates, heat stress and skilled labour are important issues
Over the past few weeks I have received a few interesting calls in regards to safety on the job site. I would like to relay that information to our members.
Jun 15, 2011
Important survey to help fill gaps for skilled trades for the landscape industry
Landscape Ontario, in partnership with Humber College and Ontario Parks Association, successfully achieved the support of the Government of Ontario to obtain a Market Partnership Grant.
May 15, 2011
Prepare for summer safety issues
Ontario’s real hot spells seldom last long enough for workers to acclimatize, so common sense and training are critical to prevention.
Apr 15, 2011
Important to remember annual safety processes
As the new season approaches, remember to undertake the annual workplace orientation process for all workers. I
Feb 15, 2011
Students show spirit of volunteerism
My column this month will focus on the spirit of volunteerism that can found in our students.
Jan 15, 2011
Make your New Year safety resolution
By now, most firms will have heard from WSIB that premiums are on the increase for 2011, as a result of the rising costs of health care for workplace injuries.
Nov 15, 2010
Certification, safety groups and women’s program
Our team has been busy wrapping up certification and summer chapter events and preparing for a busy fall and winter.
Oct 15, 2010
Red Seal advantage for landscape horticulturists
The fall season means that it is time to register your employees for apprenticeship program.
Sep 15, 2010
Qualified, trusted and recognized
The industry worked hard to make the recent certification test a success yet again.
Aug 15, 2010
Apprenticeship and certification training while on the job
The focus for this month’s article is on post-secondary apprenticeship and certification training, and how this can easily happen while on the job.
Jul 15, 2010
More jobs than skilled people to fill them
It is estimated that by 2031 our industry will need 77 per cent of our workforce to possess post-secondary credentials.
Jun 15, 2010
Apprenticeship and certification do work!
Employers will be more successful if they and their staff are skilled and possess certificates which prove competency.
May 15, 2010
More safety compliance information for landscape industry
The Ministry of Labour will visit workplaces that employ young and new workers.
Apr 15, 2010
We are obligated to operate a safe business
As we embark on a great season, we must not forget our obligation to operate safe businesses.
Mar 15, 2010
Time to develop safe start to new season
As the season quickly approaches, it is time for employers and supervisors to prepare and organize their staffing needs, based on prepared budgets.
Feb 15, 2010
Our industry has a very bright future
In January, I had the opportunity to participate in a Horticulture Value Chain Roundtable Workshop on Labour Issues in Ottawa.
Jan 15, 2010
Are You Landscape Industry Certified?
Many questions about the Landscape Industry Certified program are being heard, and will continue throughout this year and into the future.
Dec 15, 2009
Prosperity abounds at Congress 2010
Landscape Ontario team members take your success seriously.
Nov 15, 2009
We strive to bring you training and development
By now you should have received your copy of the Professional Development Guide, which was enclosed with the October issue of Horticulture Review.
Oct 15, 2009
October is time to register for professional development
With the Fall season upon us, LO brings our members many opportunities to expand their horizons.
Sep 15, 2009
Three reasons to sign up for apprenticeship
Regular readers of this column know that I believe apprenticeship is a gift.
Aug 15, 2009
CHT testing sets new records
The Certified Horticultural Technician (CHT) test days at LO’s home office in Milton happened on July 16 and 17 with a bang.
Jul 15, 2009
What is CHT?
After making many telephone calls to members in one of our chapters to promote certification, it quickly became apparent that CHT remains a best kept secret.
Jun 15, 2009
Skilled trades are essential
How often has the government given you a gift? I am guessing not often.
May 15, 2009
Apprenticeship: A true gift!
Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, judgment and creativity.
Apr 15, 2009
It’s time to understand employee retention and risk management strategies
It’s a no-brainer that hiring and retaining the right employees is critical to the success of any business.
Mar 15, 2009
CHT has a new look and a new test format
As many know, the Certified Horticultural Technician (CHT) designation went through some major changes during 2008.
Jan 15, 2009
Time to examine survival strategies
The Board of Directors of Landscape Ontario has formed an Economic Impact Task Force to help members in the landscape industry weather the economic storm.
Dec 15, 2008
Make safety a priority in 2009!
The Safety Groups Program (SGP) is an innovative initiative the WSIB has implemented to help eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses in Ontario.
Nov 15, 2008
Survive the economic downturn through training
Much of today’s news is about our economy going sour. Well fear not, for we have much to celebrate now and in the future. We are the green industry!
Oct 15, 2008
Resources are in place to help ease labour shortage
Connecting employers to employees in the landscape industry is a huge challenge.
Sep 15, 2008
Landscape excavators: Call for locates
As landscapers, most of us excavate. I should know, as I have been one for many years. What we forget to do — some of us anyway — is “Call Before You Dig.”