In 2017, the College successfully hosted its first series of Employer Roundtables in Thunder Bay and Windsor as part of its Strategic Plan to strengthen stakeholder and public awareness.
Employer Roundtables provide an opportunity for employers to:
- Learn about the College and its ongoing public protection mandate.
- Understand the importance and value of College registration.
- Discuss the challenges and barriers to hiring social workers and social service workers.
- Share ideas and feedback about how the College can better support employers.
The interactive events facilitated by College Registrar Lise Betteridge, RSW, and Deputy Registrar Laura Sheehan attracted employers from various organizations and sectors in the Thunder Bay and Windsor regions.
On June 27, the College hosted its inaugural Employer Roundtable and welcomed 19 employers. The College was also pleased to note that Council members Lisa Seburn, RSW, and Lisa Foster, Public Member, were in attendance.
Employers were encouraged to complete a post-event survey and results showed that 86% of participants agreed that the roundtable discussion gave them a better understanding of the role of the College.
One participant stated, “I feel both facilitators listened to the ideas presented and were respectful of each and every person during the discussion.”
The College continued its outreach initiative and hosted its second employer roundtable in Windsor on November 2. The event generated great interest from employers, with 26 participants in attendance. The College was also pleased to welcome Council members Frances Keogh, RSW; Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW; and Rick Lamb, Public Member, in attendance.
Participant feedback from the post-event survey showed that attendees appreciated the College’s outreach initiative for employers.
The feedback gathered during discussions at both roundtables and in the post-event surveys has given the College valuable insight into the challenges encountered by current and future employers of social workers and social service workers. The College will continue to enhance its stakeholder relationships, in particular with employers, and will provide further outreach opportunities going forward.