By Jared Clinton
Humber College has been named one of the Greater Toronto Area’s top employers for the third year running.
Mediacorp Canada Inc., the company which compiled the list of top employers, praised the college for “(encouraging) employees to balance work and their personal lives.” The college employs over 1,400 full-time and 2,300 part-time staff, and was identified by Mediacorp as one of the GTA’s most diverse employers.
“To be selected as a top employer, when it is a very competitive marketplace and (all colleges) are searching for and doing our best to retain our talent, it is rewarding,” Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of Humber College, told Humber News.
“I’m also not surprised. As I’ve come to known Humber — and I’ve been here for just about a year and a half — it is a great institution that looks after its people and invests in people to ensure that they have the resources to get their jobs done.”
The college has previously received honours as one of Canada’s Top Employers for New Canadians in 2013, and was named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2011 and 2012.
Being named a top employer in the GTA “is a meaningful achievement for Humber,” Deb McCarthy, vice president, HR services said in a release. “Every employee shares in this recognition and we will continue to ensure they have the opportunities and resources they need for job success.
Whitaker said the college is aided by its focus on “what really matters — the students.”
One of the largest colleges in Canada, Humber is home to over 27,000 full-time students, with an additional 56,000-plus students attending the college on a part-time basis.
“We are growing — and the reason we’re growing is because of a great demand for college education,” said Whitaker. “But the focus is on maintaining a quality teaching and learning environment, and really being focused on student success.”