By Serge Buy, CEO of NACC
Canadian Business Journal: June 2013
In every corner of Canada, across many industries, we are seeing the same thing: employers are having a hard time finding the right employee for the right job. But why is this so hard? With unemployment rates soaring in parts of our country – and as high as 12.4 per cent in some regions – you would think it would be easy to find employees to fill holes in our workforce.
But this isn’t the case.
More and more we are seeing companies forced to move to other locations, bring in temporary foreign workers or close their doors altogether.
Taking a closer look at the situation, we see even more well-educated young people that are underemployed or unemployed. While many of them may have impressive degrees in lofty subjects, they lack the specific training to get the jobs that are available right now.
Since the 1800s, career colleges in Canada have been able to offer training to people in these situations, in order to get them back in the workforce sooner with a better job and higher pay. These institutions are regulated by the provincial governments and adhere to rigorous standards. Many of the programs are accredited by professional associations like the Canadian Medical Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
These institutions train students for jobs that exist today. Unlike public colleges, private career colleges are able to adapt their programs quickly, in order to meet rapidly-changing demands in the labour market.
For example, Saskatoon Business College is recognized a growing need in the Saskatchewan mining industry for companies to have their office and administrative staff specially trained in the specifics of their industry. As a result, they worked with representatives from the mining industry and developed a Mining Industry Business Specialist program with emphasis on the employment requirements identified by mining industry companies.
Examples like this can be found throughout the career college sector. However, more can be done to encourage partnerships between employers and educators, like career colleges.