By Serge Buy, CEO of the NACC, May 2013
As you travel around Canada and talk to employers, you start assembling the picture of a country with large needs but a disconnected workforce. You see employers located in high unemployment regions that are unable to find properly- trained employees.
This is particularly evident in resource-based sectors, information technology businesses, health care fields and many others. You will also see a lot of well-educated young people who are under-employed and with little prospect of being able to get the jobs that are available now. They require specific training. This is partially the result of a system that for decades put the emphasis on the “top” position while ignoring the many skilled jobs that form the foundation of any successful enterprise.
How many engineers will be out of work if the projects in which they are involved are not able to find any properly-trained plumbers and pipe-fitters, etc.?
How many hospitals will cease functioning if there are not enough trained nurses and personal support workers?
How many IT companies will need to relocate if they cannot find the locally trained workforce and experts they need sustain and grow their businesses?
I remember co-chairing a forum with a senior government official a few years ago on how the government could attract the best and brightest of IT professionals of the next generation. There was a real fear that it was not going to work and that there would not be enough trained people to hire soon. Read more: http://www.canadianindustryonline.com/01_magazines/CIO/CIO_May_2013/index.html#/88/