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A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in British Columbia

A new report from the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC forecasts high demand for skilled jobs in technology and technical trades over the next several years, and argues BC is not adequately prepared to train enough young people to fill those jobs. According to the report, an estimated 25,000 new jobs requiring advanced technology or technical education will be created by 2020.

Building a Highly Skilled and Resilient Canadian Workforce Through The FutureSkills Lab

Canadian workers face a rapidly changing economy which will have a profound impact on the nature of work and jobs of the future. To be equipped for this change, there is a critical need for Canada to rethink our approach to learning, work, and training. Nearly half of Canadian jobs are at high risk of being affected by automation over the coming ten to twenty years. The rise of the “gig economy” means that an increasing number of Canadians will find employment through independent contract work, and therefore not be afforded access to traditional employer-led training and development. While automation and technological change promises to be economically productive, and will likely result in the creation of new jobs, these changes mean that Canadian workers will have to adapt to employers’ and consumers’ rapidly evolving requirements.

Canadian Skills Alliance

The Canadian Skills Alliance is a network of individuals and organizations advocating for a better functioning labour market in Canada.  This includes the development of a more cohesive and coordinated system of Labour Market Information; Occupational Standards for increased labour mobility; and greater access to occupational skills education and training.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

This link connects to the Citizenship and Immigration site page for skilled immigrants to Canada. The site explains the minimum requirements required to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. The site also contains a test to test language skill in English and/or French as well as a test to determine if you qualify as a skilled worker.

Discover Skills BC

Discover Skills BC is an initiative funded by the BC Government to help provide easy access for secondary students to the many educational opportunities available to them in trades and technology training. BC offers a wealth of programs and training options to give BC students the skills they need to lead exciting and rewarding careers. Students, parents and educators can discover these opportunities here.

Do Skills Actually Matter When It Comes to Employment and Earnings?

It is increasingly evident that skills play a strong role in the employment outcomes of adults, as ESO’s latest PIAAC bulletin points out. The third bulletin – Do Skills Actually Matter When it Comes to Employment and Earnings? – examines the relationship between education and training on skill levels. It shows, among other research findings, that those who are least active in the labour force performed poorly relative to those that are employed or looking for work.

Dyall Consulting Inc.

Dyall Consulting Inc is a Newfoundland company specializing in the delivery of skills enhancement workshops. We believe companies grow as their employees grow.

Education and Skills Report Card

The report card notes that Canada needs to improve workplace skills training and lifelong education. Canada also underperforms in the highest levels of skills attainment, producing relatively few graduates with PhDs and graduates in math, science, computer science, and engineering. The Conference Board says that for Canada to maintain its high ranking, Canadians need to have access to education and skills outside the traditional school system.

Future focus: 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy

The Future focus, 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy is the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency’s second National Workforce Development Strategy. The 2013 strategy details how Australia can position itself for growth in the Asian century, in a competitive global environment, where technology and patterns of work are rapidly changing.

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