TORONTO, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy that was
approved today as part of the Ontario budget represents a significant
step in addressing the skills mismatch, said Colleges Ontario president
and CEO Linda Franklin.
"We need to help young people get the education and training they need
to find meaningful work," Franklin said. "This is particularly
important as the skills mismatch in Ontario continues to prevent many
young people from landing good jobs."
The skills mismatch is the divide between the skills and credentials
held by people looking for work and the qualifications sought by
employers. Growing numbers of people - particularly young people - are
unable to find work because they don't have the right education and
The problem is expected to get worse as new technology and innovations
transform the economy and create increasing demands for a more highly
The government has acknowledged the Youth Jobs Strategy, which was the
centerpiece of this year's budget, must help address the mismatch.
Referring to the Youth Jobs Strategy, Premier Kathleen Wynne said
recently, "We need to make sure that we are providing training programs
in areas where there actually are jobs."
Franklin said the career-focused programs at Ontario's 24 public
colleges will be particularly important to the success of the strategy.
The implementation of the strategy should include measures to encourage
more people to pursue higher education, including apprenticeship
training. The province should also strengthen its credit-transfer
system for post-secondary students, to help more people get a
combination of both university and college education.
"Preparing graduates to enter the workforce quickly and with the right
skills and credentials must be a top priority for Ontario," said
Franklin. "We look forward to collaborating with the Ontario government
to help more young people find meaningful work."
SOURCE: Colleges Ontario
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