Community Colleges Join forces with Construction to Address Skill Shortages



    OTTAWA, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Last year the Construction Sector
Council's Labour Market Information Program identified a need to replace
152,000 skilled workers who will be retiring over the next 10 years.
    "This represents a significant training need," says George Gritziotis,
Executive Director of the Construction Sector Council (CSC). "Trades training
is key to the future of the industry, to the future of our economy really," he
adds.
    That's one of the reasons that the CSC has signed a partnership agreement
with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). The two
organizations will collaborate to make the right training available to develop
the next generation of skilled tradespeople.
    "It's a perfect fit," says ACCC President James Knight. "The CSC has the
data that shows what training is needed, when and where. The ACCC can make
that training a reality. And together we will work on marketing."
    As Mr. Knight explains "ACCC strives to increase the responsiveness of
colleges and institutes to sectoral labour needs. This agreement with the
Construction Sector Council is a step in the right direction. Construction has
been a highly successful Canadian industry, but it is now hampered by a
critical shortage of skilled labour. Colleges and institutes must find the
means to meet these needs."
    The CSC is also interested in exploring e-learning opportunities with the
ACCC and its member colleges. The CSC houses an e-learning centre with four
existing courses and plans to develop nine more. "We hope to provide courses
that support existing college offerings and meet new and emerging industry
needs, such as supervision, for example," Mr. Gritziotis says.

    The CSC is a partnership between labour, business and government with a
mandate to address the human resource needs of the construction industry. The
ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada's colleges and
institutes. It helps member institutions to meet Canada's education and
training needs.

    Funding for this project was provided by the Government of Canada's
Sector Council Program.




For further information:

For further information: Rosemary Sparks, Senior Director of Planning
and Development, Construction Sector Council, (613) 569-5552, www.csc-ca.org;
Lorna Malcolmson, Manager, Communications and Information Services,
Association of Canadian Community Colleges, (613) 746-2222 ext. 3123,
www.accc.ca

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