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.…

Why Canada needs more people working longer

Why Canada needs more people working longerOrganizations in Canada will face shortages of skilled workers if they don’t find ways to keep retiring ones working longer, according to a University of Alberta gerontology researcher. Donna Wilson also says early retirement isn’t necessarily the pathway to happiness people think it is. “Most people are at the top of their game when they…

Tech-driven employment apocalypse just a myth

In fact, as demographics shift, Canada faces chronic labour shortages

Tech-driven employment apocalypse just a mythMedia reports often paint a dire picture of technological change and automation, spawning a future world of massive job loss and less employment. And yet, a labour shortage – not a glut due to mass unemployment – looms in Canada thanks to retiring baby boomers and our aging population. And history suggests that when technological…

The biggest mistake most small business owners make

We need to develop systems of hiring and monitoring our employees to ensure we have the right people

The biggest mistake most small business owners makeBob was frustrated, stressed and upset. One of his key employees, Keith, had just left to start his own business and had taken another staff member with him. I wasn’t surprised. I’d been working with Bob for several months and had met Keith several times. My impression wasn’t favourable and I had discussed this with…

More education needed to prepare youth for jobs of today

A CFIB report recommends that high schools and post-secondary institutions collaborate with the business community

More education needed to prepare youth for jobs of todayA new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says high schools don’t adequately prepare students for the jobs of today and that’s hurting small businesses in Canada, which are facing record-high job vacancy rates and ongoing labour shortages in certain sectors. At the same time, youth unemployment rates in Canada are much higher…

SMEs struggling to find new employees

Six in 10 entrepreneurs said labour shortages mean existing staff must work more, while 47% said they have had to raise wages

SMEs struggling to find new employeesWorker scarcity will remain a problem for Canadian small and medium-sized businesses for at least a decade, says a new report by the Business Development Bank of Canada. The report, released on Wednesday, said 39 per cent of SMEs are struggling to find new employees. “Labour shortages are affecting growth for many Canadian businesses, and…

Skilled trade jobs go begging in Canada

Skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill, followed by sales representatives and drivers: ManpowerGroup survey

Skilled trade jobs go begging in CanadaA new report by ManpowerGroup finds that 41 per cent of Canadian employers say they can’t find the skilled people they need to fill jobs. “We continue to see increasing demand for skilled workers across all sectors of the Canadian economy from trades and transport to sales,” said Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada.…

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workers

Automation is taking over the workplace. That means our education system must adapt. So must the students seeking marketable skills

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workersMy bank machine just wished me a happy birthday. It wasn’t the exact day but it asked me: Did you think we would forget that your birthday is this month? This struck me as just one more example of automation taking over what people used to do. No biological being had yet wished me a…