Our community partners at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville in partnership with The Peel Halton Workforce Development Group are inviting GTA employers to an event titled “A Lens on Ontario’s Labour Market Future”.
This event is for employers only, and is free for the participants, as it is funded 100% by Colleges Ontario. It will take place on October 29th, 2010, from 8 until 11 am, at MacDonald – Heaslip Hall, Sheridan College on 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville.
The event focuses on discussing the effects of the combination of “an aging population and an emerging knowledge economy”.
This is an interesting and very timely topic, because recently completed studies have concluded that the qualifications profile of today’s labour force in Ontario simply does not meet the requirements that the economy will have in the coming years. Unless action is taken now to address this imbalance, the result could be very damaging for Ontario’s economy: It could involve a high structural unemployment, where employers will be facing skills shortages, while there could be a large number of unemployed workers who will not have the skills that the available job openings will require.
Dr. Rick Miner – the author of one of the most prominent such reports released earlier this year – will be a keynote speaker at the event. Dr. Miner is a former (now retired) president at Seneca College and former Vice President at University of New Brunswick. His report titled (quite provocatively) “People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People”, released in February 2010, can be downloaded from the Web Site of Colleges Ontario, at the following link: http://www.collegesontario.org/research/research_reports/people-without-jobs-jobs-without-people-final.pdf . In his report, DR. Miner argues that “Without effective action, we face a future with large numbers of unskilled workers looking for jobs that require skills they do not possess, and a large number of jobs that will go unfilled.” He bases his conclusion partly on the estimate that by 2031, 77% of all available jobs (and as many as 80% of newly created positions) will require post-secondary education, while only about 60% of the working population today has it.
A special guest at the event will be Bill Summers – Vice President of Research and Policy at Colleges Ontario. We are hoping to get some insight from him on the strategy that Colleges Ontario plans to pursue in addressing the challenges identified in Rick Miner’s report.
If you are an employer and would like to participate in this event, please download the registration form from the link below, then fill it in and fax it to the number of the form.