New Report Urges Action to Improve Alignment of Skills, Education, and Career Opportunities

82% of employers experienced a challenge in hiring someone with the proper qualifications in 2016

For Immediate Release – June 20, 2017

THUNDER BAY – Today the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), in partnership with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, released a comprehensive report, Talent in Transition: Addressing the Skills Mismatch in Ontario, which identifies ten recommendations that will better align the skills developed by Ontarians with those needed by employers.

The report includes new research on sentiments toward skills development. Of the six in ten of businesses who attempted to recruit staff in 2016, 82 per cent experienced a challenge in hiring someone with the proper qualifications.

“Employers in Thunder Bay are experiencing challenges to find qualified employees all the time,” said Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce “If we align government, employers and educators to find solutions to the skills mismatch, we can strengthen our economy and ensure there are meaningful career opportunities here at home.

Over the last decade, the skills mismatch has been a major concern for the future growth of Ontario’s economy. The report states that as Ontarians move into the knowledge-based economy, with rapidly changing technological advancement, it is essential to leverage our greatest asset, human capital.

The OCC’s report outlines a strategy that unites government and industry to work collaboratively to ensure that all regions across Ontario have access to the skilled workforce required to compete in the global economy. In working together on the recommendations presented in this report, Government and industry can:

  • Improve the transition from school to the workplace (by expanding experiential learning opportunities).
  • Improve the labour market outcomes (achieved through Employment Ontario programs).
  • Develop a modernized apprenticeship system (reflective of the current business climate and focused on the integration of young people into the trades).

“Ontario employers are finding it more and more challenging to recruit properly qualified talent. If improvements are not made, we will find ourselves in a situation where there are ‘people without jobs and jobs without people” said Richard Koroscil, interim-President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Ontario’s Chamber Network has been active on the skills issue since 2012. This report is part of larger advocacy work to ensure all regions across Ontario have access to the skilled workforce that they require to compete in the global knowledge economy.

Read the Report: Skills Mismatch: Talent in Transition

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