Don't forget the college when it comes to training
After reading about the jobs czar, Pat Bell’s comments left me wondering what exactly are they planning to do to train people for “skills training?” The Ministry of Advanced Education and the college have for years worked with employers to develop a curriculum of theory and skills to ensure safe, knowledgeable, skilled workers.
What is different in the czar approach is only employers have a say–who is looking out for the workers? Let’s not do away with a high quality system of developing skilled workers (Red-Seal Trades) that have balanced skills and knowledge. If trades are booming, why has the college drastically cut career and college prep courses’ (high school equivalent) instructors?
These courses are the most important for our college as our region has very low high school completion rates, leaving many people unable to enrol in post-secondary trades and university level programsdon'. This proven system ensures a trained workforce that will stay and work in this region.