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What Canada needs is efficient access to the best and brightest from abroad to help technology industries transform and grow here in Canada and to add value to an economy that is languishing while transitioning from resources to innovation.
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Although clearly a critical factor, pointing students in the right direction is only half the battle. The other half must be improving collaboration between government and industry to develop tangible solutions to strengthen the future workforce. As far as we're concerned, that time is now.
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The key to closing Canada's skills gap in the future lies in young people and according to a recent Randstad study, it seems that young Canadians are getting the message. There is a wealth of opportunity for career building within the various skilled trade sectors across the country, and people are taking notice.
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Ontario colleges have spent decades establishing rich and respectful relationships with industry leaders. The result is a treasure trove of information sharing. Colleges know exactly what's needed in the marketplace and college experts develop courses that meet the highest standards.
The provincial government needs to elevate college education to international standards by offering comparable credentials for three-year programs. This will help make college education more attractive to students and parents. A change in credential will provide college graduates with greater recognition in the marketplace.
I strongly think the skills gap is well documented, but it's clear that there is another "gap" between what economists are saying about the data, and what our members at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are saying about their real-time experiences in cities and towns nationwide. If we are serious about closing the skills gap in the future, young people and their parents need to be much better informed about employment and income prospects when deciding on post-secondary education.
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