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OTTAWA – November 8, 2013 – As provincial and federal ministers responsible for employment and training are meeting in Toronto, the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) CEO Serge Buy calls on all sides to collaborate in order to implement the Canada Job Grant and deal with other important issues.
“We strongly support the Canada Job Grant, as it will fill a void and enable employers to finally have a role in the training of their future employees,” said Buy. “We believe that it will be an important tool to bring employers, workers, educators and governments together to address labour market imbalances, fill skilled positions and grow our economy,” he added.
Buy also commented on the need for increased partnerships between stakeholders when it comes to addressing Canada’s skills gap. “We have a situation where there are people who want to work, and employers who want to hire, but those people lack the skills to do the jobs. Employers and educators need to work more closely together to ensure post-secondary education truly prepares students for the job market. The Canada Job Grant is a way to promote these partnerships.”
NACC also sees the need for programs to address the growing number of foreign trained professionals that are unable to find meaningful employment. It has similarly called for access to Canada Student Grants for students taking programs that are less than 60 weeks in length. In conjunction with a strong strategy such as the Canada Job Grant, these are important pieces of a large puzzle to address the major issues facing today’s job market.
“NACC is pleased to see that governments are coming together to have this conversation. Given the economic instability of recent years and the upcoming demographic shift as the baby boomers retire, we need this kind of decisive action from government to keep Canadians working,” said Buy.
Established in 1896, the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) is the oldest post-secondary association in Canada, representing over 500 career colleges across the country. All NACC members meet the highest regulatory standards, ensuring the best possible education for their students.
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Tel: (613) 800-0340 / Cell: 613-720-1777