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Focus on young workers to tackle the skills gap: Chamber of Commerce

Report calls for better aligning education and training to labour market needs.


OTTAWA — Closing Canada’s skills gap cannot be done without better aligning our education and training systems to our labour market needs, according to a report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The report, A Battle We Can’t Afford to Lose: Getting Young Canadians from Education to Employment, investigates the various skills issues facing Canadian youth and what key factors should be looked at when preparing young people for the labour market.

“For Canadian youth, it is essential that the education and training they get is relevant to the job market they will enter,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“There needs to be a new dialogue between young people, educators, employers and governments with a clear objective of ensuring there is a successful transition to employment.”

The report analyzes the state of three key factors affecting young Canadians’ entry into the labour market, including:

– labour market information;
– career decision-making; and
– work-integrated learning.

The chamber is calling on the federal government to lead and coordinate with provinces and territories, in a national effort to reduce inefficiencies in the labour market while ensuring young Canadians have the fundamental skills necessary to enter the workforce.

“This is a battle we cannot afford to lose,” said Beatty.

You can download the full report here.

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