John Deere: Driving The Workers In The Right Direction – Case study (2011)

This case study examines how an action centre helped workers after the closure of the manufacturing plant where they worked.

In September 2008, John Deere, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment and light transportation vehicles, announced that it would close its plant in Welland, Ontario, within two years and move its operations to the United States and Mexico.

In March 2009, the John Deere Action Centre began helping workers affected by the closure to find other jobs, move on to retirement, or start new careers.

The centre offers a resumé service, help with interviews skills, and a job board, as well as information on retraining or alternate career options. Former John Deere employees have access to in-house courses on topics like first aid, food handling, computer skills, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Staff members also refer clients to agencies that can help them upgrade their skills in math and in English as a Second Language.

The centre has worked with almost 500 union members. While their average age is between 35 and 40, many former employees are over the age of 55.

In its first two years, the centre was funded by both John Deere and the Ontario government. The government continued to provide funding to keep the centre running until March 31, 2012.

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2013-08-08
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Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS). John Deere: Driving The Workers In The Right Direction – Case study 2011. Web. 12 Apr. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cws/cs_john_deere/cs_john_deere.pdf>
Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS) (2011). John Deere: Driving The Workers In The Right Direction – Case study. Retrieved April 12, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cws/cs_john_deere/cs_john_deere.pdf
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