Donna Wood’s latest blog post – worth a read. Her conclusion:
“Our workforce development infrastructure is in dire need of revitalization and reform, with many issues needing to be addressed. Indeed, we probably do need to pay attention to the impact of automation on current jobs.
But let’s not get the cart before the horse. Before we start to extend services to the employed to the level recommended by the Advisory Council, we need first to expand, strengthen and consolidate the services on offer by provincial governments to the unemployed. That has to be the first priority. If only we knew in more detail what our governments had in mind.”
With government resources always limited, would Canadians prefer that we spend more on training employed workers over the unemployed? I think this is unlikely. Yet that is exactly what the federal government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth has suggested in their December 2017 Learning Nation: Equipping Canada’s Workforce with Skills for the Future.
Acknowledging that automation and changes in existing occupations could threaten the jobs of more than 10 per cent of Canadian workers ─ about 2 million people ─ the Council has recommended a $15 billion dollar investment in a federally-governed Canada Lifelong Learning Fund and the transformation of the network of provincially operated employment centres that primarily serve the unemployed to also serve the employed.
The employment centres use names such as Work BC, Alberta Works, Employment Ontario, and Emploi-Quebec. Although in some places provincial offices provide the ‘front door’, most…
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