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Skills Gap in Canada / 1.3 million skilled labour jobs sitting vacant by 2016

In our single-minded obsession with academia, we forgot that the millions of people who literally built our economy would one day be retiring – and that there would be new industries sprouting up that would need skilled workers, too. Now, it’s not an exaggeration to say we have a crisis on our hands.

Some of the numbers are sobering. According to the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, by 2016, Canada will have 1.3 million skilled labour jobs sitting vacant because there is no one to do them. In the construction industry alone, there will be 219,000 workers retiring between now and 2020 and not nearly enough people to take their positions. In the agriculture sector, 90,000 additional skilled workers were needed this year, according to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at 

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via Where did all our skilled workers go? – The Globe and Mail.

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