After nearly two years of business uncertainty and worldwide economic contraction, employers across sectors are talking about skill shortages again. Job vacancies are at an all-time high, only 22 months after millions of Canadians were sidelined by COVID.
As Canadian businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19, the productivity and skills gap twins have re-entered the conversation.
Polytech institutions may have been left in the shadows but with the increasing need of non-degree education, their role is rapidly evolving. Communities are looking to these schools to help get them back into the workforce and fill the talent pipeline. In this interview, Sarah Watts-Rynard discusses how the role of polytech institutions has change, the movement of microcredentials and how polytechs can be valuable to their community and non-degree education space.
When I ask business leaders what keeps them up at night, it is not only about supply chains, inflation, or rising commodity prices. The No. 1 concern is about talent.
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While COVID-19 has posed – first and foremost – a health emergency, overcoming the broader social impact of the pandemic requires a much broader skillset.
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The transition from education to workplace and beyond used to be relatively straightforward: high school, post-secondary, job market, promotions, management, retirement. In today’s environment, with new complexities related to technology, shifting global markets, a desire for work-life balance and the speed of change, skills require constant reinvention.
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The pandemic has radically transformed the nature of work and learning, but if you think the big changes are over, think again.