Women still facing barriers to careers in skilled trades

Why is change so slow?

Women still facing barriers to careers in skilled tradesWhy on Earth has Canada not been able to change the number of women entering and progressing in skilled trades careers or associated apprenticeship programs? We’ve been talking about this subject for too long. For many women who trailblazed and pushed their way into skilled trades jobs over the last decades, it must feel exhausting.…

The need to nurture a skills economy

We can’t talk about the future of work without also talking about the future of education

The need to nurture a skills economyBy Nobina Robinson and Daniel Komesch Polytechnics Canada  When leaders of the world’s seven most advanced economies meet on June 8 and 9 in Charlevoix, Que., the top-line agenda item will be preparing for the jobs of the future. What exactly does this agenda item mean for the Canadian workers, students and employers? The proliferation…

The job-market payoff of a hands-on bachelor’s degree

The graduate employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders from Polytechnics Canada members was 91 per cent in 2015-16

The job-market payoff of a hands-on bachelor’s degreeThere are bachelor’s degrees and there are applied bachelor’s degrees. The difference – when it comes to finding fulfilling employment – can be dramatic. In late November, Statistics Canada released its comprehensive reports on education, covering a wide range of topics, including overall education attainment and the skills mismatches and earnings potential of bachelor’s degree…

Preparing for the coming workplace automation revolution

Manitoba’s Red River College’s Smart Factory offers a solution by bringing students and industry together

Preparing for the coming workplace automation revolutionAutomation has become a scary word. As new technologies proliferate, unease and uncertainty surround the labour market of the future. Will jobs be destroyed? Created? Can a robot really replace what I do? What kind of career should my child pursue if we don’t know what the jobs of the future will look like? How can…

Robots in the workforce: resistance is futile, so we must adapt

Nearly half of the Canadian labour force is at high risk of automation within the next two decades, so how should we prepare?

Robots in the workforce: resistance is futile, so we must adaptAutomation has become a scary word. As new technologies proliferate, unease and uncertainty surround the labour market of the future. Will jobs be destroyed? Created? Can a robot really replace what I do? What kind of career should my child pursue if we don’t know what the jobs of the future will look like? How…

Opening the doors to innovative young Canadians

The federal $221-million investment in work‑integrated learning placements for post-secondary students and graduates must include colleges and polytechnics

Opening the doors to innovative young CanadiansBy Nobina Robinson Polytechnics Canada and Denise Amyot Colleges and Institutes Canada When parliamentarians return to their ridings for the summer recess, they’ll have many opportunities to congratulate this spring’s post-secondary graduates, proud of their achievements and eager to take their place in the workforce. Students with credentials from one of Canada’s colleges, institutes or…

We need to broaden our focus as we push for innovation

An inclusive talent strategy for innovation must include polytechnics and colleges – to produce skilled workers who can carry out, and scale up, concepts

We need to broaden our focus as we push for innovationNations need to have well-articulated strategies addressing science, innovation, competitiveness and productivity. Confusing or conflating these distinct but complementary goals is a recipe for underperformance. And, sadly, Canada underperforms where innovation is concerned. We need to take a closer look at how we develop and fund innovation talent in Canada to change this dubious record. While…

Building a clean, green and smart Canada

Canada’s polytechnic institutions are developing the talent to drive the nation's dramatic next-generation infrastructure expansion program

Building a clean, green and smart CanadaBy Nobina Robinson Polytechnics Canada and Glenn Feltham NAIT We are on the verge of another pivotal moment in Canada’s infrastructure history – one that will reshape our economy. But we need next-generation talent to build that infrastructure. Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure and it’s always been so. Our nation and its economy…

On the cutting edge of Canada’s economic future

Don’t leave the skilled trades out of Canada’s innovation conversation. High-tech isn't just about apps – it's also about developing apprentices

On the cutting edge of Canada’s economic futureBy Nobina Robinson Polytechnics Canada and Sarah Watts-Rynard Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Canada’s economic landscape is changing. Look no further than the March 22 federal budget and follow the money. Big chunks of funding will be delivered to the likes of artificial intelligence (AI), clean tech, the digital economy and agri-food. Lost in the budget, however,…

Set aside the stereotypes and put young people to work

We need to tackle youth employment needs with more polytechnic education that uses work-integrated models of learning

Set aside the stereotypes and put young people to workIt’s not easy being young these days – especially where employment is concerned. A recent report from Statistics Canada found that full-time employment among young people (aged 17 to 24, excluding full-time students) has declined significantly since the late 1970s. This is not just the result of a bumpy economy. Youth are more likely to be unemployed than…