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Jobs minister wants Canadians to get realistic about careers

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Should schools make trades more of a priority? Canada’s Jobs Minister thinks so.

Minister of Employment Jason Kenney says we’re seeing a paradox of high amounts of unemployed people and open positions because there’s an inequality in post-secondary education, and he wants schools to step up to help solve the problem.

“Provinces and educators need to do a much better job of preparing people with the kind of training that’s relevant to the job market of the future. Just because you go and get a Master’s in International Relations, doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to work in that particular field,” Kenney adds.

You might have a dream, but Kenney says that’s not necessarily realistic: “We want all Canadians to have good jobs, but not everyone gets to choose the job they’re going to get. We have to ensure they have the training that’s relevant to the labour market of the future.”

The Federal Government set aside money in this year’s budget for a program to provide information on job outcomes for young Canadians, and Kenney explains “if they go into this system, they’ll be able in the future to find out they can make three times more as a welder, than someone with a B.A. in Political Science for example.”

He says they’re also seeing government-subsidized programs like teachers’ colleges pumping out more graduates than there are positions.

For those who aren’t suited to the trades, Kenney claims other employment sectors are facing shortages as well, but didn’t expand on what other industries or jobs are suffering from lack of workers.

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I am the production manager/VP to a outfit that manufactures products for the international markets. We are located in Toronto. If I knew you took on a government subsidy program to try and get hired at my work, I would kick you out of my business.

November 19, 2013 at 3:24 am

Problem is no company is willing to train new apprentices.
2 things needed
1.) We need more funding for apprenticeships and trades training in BC
2.) We need to force companies to hire (locally) new apprentices in BC

November 18, 2013 at 12:48 am
    wired wrong

    Actually, there has been a job creation program for some time. Government subsidizes workers pay for companies willing to hire them. The idea is, the business is in need of workers and will take on inexperienced workers to train and develop for long term employment with that sponsoring company. Essentially, the company gets very cheap labour and when the program for that “employee” expires (subsidy ends), so does the employment. The BC liberals tout that as part of their success in creating employment in the province. The new waste of taxpayers money is the Work Options or Work BC program. They pay “non-profit” organizations to train the unemployed and useless youth how to search for a job. They may include training for Food Safe, WHMIS, First Aid (but not at a level employers want) and even Forklift (1-2 days operator training which doesn’t actually include “operating the forklift” for experience to use it in a working environment). The “students” are actually given a stipend for training too. So unemployed, claim ineligible free loaders get paid to not actually work. Insulting when those of us who work long term only to find ourselves begging for the EI dollars we paid for years that government doesn’t want to give back. Hmmm, why do they call it ‘insurance”?

    November 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm