Skills for Success: Developing Skills for a Prosperous B.C.

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada says that skills gaps and mismatches in British Columbia could cost the province billions in economic activity and millions in tax revenues each year.

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada says that skills gaps and mismatches in British Columbia could cost the province billions in economic activity and millions in tax revenues each year. BC employers said that they anticipate difficulty filling jobs in areas including business, finance, and administration; trades, transport, and related occupations; and sales and service occupations. The ability of employers to fill managerial roles as experienced employees retire is a particularly acute concern. 57% of respondents to the Conference Board’s survey of 854 employers said that they will be looking for employees with university degrees, while 44% said college diplomas, 41% said college certificates, and 24% said applied degrees. The skills most in demand by employers include critical thinking and problem-solving (73%), oral communication (38%), literacy (36%), and working with others (33%).

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Link: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=6686

Publisher: The Conference Board of Canada

Jurisdiction: British Columbia

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