Ahead of Budget 2017, Nobina Robinson calls for better Labour Market Information

Ahead of federal budget, hopes high for boosting high-tech job skills, expertise

Originally featured in the Toronto Star

Expectations are running high that next week’s federal budget will provide a more detailed federal strategy — and perhaps more cash — to help post-secondary students land real-life work experience in emerging, employee-starved fields.

Helping Youth Get a Leg Up in the Labour Market: Recommendations to the Expert Panel on Youth Employment

Just as Canada’s youth are diverse and face wide-ranging challenges, Canada’s post-secondary education ecosystem is also diverse, offering a spectrum of solutions in education and training for all learners in Canada. The Panel’s findings must and should differentiate between the solutions that universities, community colleges, and polytechnics offer for young learners and to youth.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: A Battle We Can’t Afford to Lose

Skills shortages  have regularly been identified as one of the top 10 barriers to competitiveness in Canada by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, costing the Canadian economy billions in lost GDP annually. There is now a rare consensus about skills needs and challenges in this country, across the demand and supply perspectives.  An aging population will only exacerbate the problem in the coming years, especially for the most in-demand professions in the skilled trades and STEM-based occupations (where STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and math).

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