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Content in this category pertains to material about skills shortage and skills development strategies to meet labour market needs.

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.

Although Three in Four (74%) Employers Believe Essential Skills Are Strategically Relevant to Their Business, Only Three in Ten (31%) Would Like to Provide Training in These Skills

A new survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of ABC Life Literacy Canada reveals that while employers realize the importance of essential skills to their business, not many are willing to invest and provide training for such skills for their employees.

Are Canadian Jobs More or Less Skilled than American Jobs?

Canadian workers are generally more skilled than American workers in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in a technology-rich environment (Statistics Canada 2013). However, workers who possess certain skills are not guaranteed to employ those skills in their job. Furthermore, workers may employ many other skills in the workplace (Frenette and Frank 2017). This study compares the skill requirements of actual jobs held by workers in Canada and in the United States. In total, 35 job skills are examined. The study finds that the skill level required in Canadian jobs is significantly higher than for American jobs in 30 of the 35 areas examined. The Canadian advantage is particularly large in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other technology-related skill areas. In these areas, the relatively larger proportion of nonuniversity graduates in engineering, manufacturing and construction, and the higher numeracy proficiency in Canada account for almost all of the gap in skill level. The one group facing lower skill requirements in Canada is university graduates. In general, the jobs that they hold require lower reading  omprehension, writing, social and management skills compared to their counterparts in the United States. Some implications for future research are discussed. More info

BC Labour Market Profile: B.C. Skills Deficit Looming in 2016

According to a new report from the Research Universities’ Council of BC (RUCBC), a skills shortage will strike BC in 2016 and continue to grow, unless immediate action is taken to improve access to all types of higher education. The report observes that in 2016, the number of jobs requiring university, college, or trades credentials will exceed the supply of BC graduates — a skills shortage that will expand through to 2020.

Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives: A Strategic Approach to Skills Policies

The OECD Skills Strategy provides an integrated, cross-government strategic framework to help countries understand more about how to invest in skills in a way that will transform lives and drive economies. 

Building Skills Together: A Report from Provincial and Territorial Labour Market Ministers

This report details the critical importance of skills and training; the success of the current programming under Labour Market Agreements; and concerns about the federal Canada Job Grant proposal.

Canada’s Skills Crisis: What We Heard. A Canadian Chamber of Commerce report on cross-country consultations in 2012

As part of the “Top Ten Barriers to Canadian Competitiveness” initiative, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its network held its largest-ever consultation with its membership on the skills crisis. 

Canadian Views on the Importance of Internet Access and Basic Computer Skills to the Economy

Nearly four in five Canadians (78%) agree providing more skills in technology and the Internet could help Canadian workers be more productive, according to a new poll from Ipsos Reid and the .CA Community Investment Program. The study coincides with the launch of the 2015 .CA Community Investment Program, which funds projects designed to improve internet access and the online experience for Canadians nationwide.

Career Integration: Reviewing the Impact of Experience Abroad on Employment

This publication, and the initiative in general, seems in hindsight timely and “on trend.” It officially started in 2012, but its seeds were sown over a span of many years. And the discussion of the value of higher education in general has never had more relevance than it seems to now. In the summer of 2012, we proposed to the Learning Abroad Center (LAC) staff at the University of Minnesota an initiative that we believed would build upon our strengths and history, but take us in a new, relatively unchartered direction. In the initial “manifesto,” we suggested that the initiative should “be designed to build off the recognition and methodology of Curriculum Integration but with a more specific focus on career planning and impact related to student activities abroad.” The initiative would include plans for the following components: A strategic plan to reach out to industry in collaboration with the college and university career offices and resources The development and incorporation of quotations from leaders in industry and graduate/professional education into Major Advising Pages (MAPS) voicing specific values in regard to education abroad from their field or industry The expansion of resources and links to the ever-increasing scholarship on the relation between education abroad and career development View

Career Ladders at One: The Guide Book

Career Ladders at One: The Guide Book builds on the experience of Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) and our partners, Literacy Link South Central (LLSC), the Literacy Network of Durham Region (LiNDR) and Literacy Northwest (LNW), in the first phase of our work at testing the implementation of career ladders in Ontario, as well as incorporates research on career ladder processes in other jurisdictions.

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