TIMMINS, ON: Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Council recently released their Advantage Ontario report recommending greater emphasis on skilled trades and experiential learning opportunities for a more diversified and dynamic Ontario economy. The report identifies five key areas for action, including driving productivity growth; unleashing innovation and entrepreneurship; and capitalizing on strength in talent. Northern College shares this vision, participating in many partnerships with industry and educational institutions in order to better serve our students and communities.
The report states that Ontario’s youth and their parents are often unaware of job opportunities in the skilled trades and the variety of educational programs that can prepare them for these jobs. This information gap was addressed at Northern College’s Trades and Technology symposium held early last month. The symposium brought together industry members as well as secondary school principles, guidance counselors and shop teachers, providing a forum where current and upcoming industry needs can be shared with those who help today’s youth select and navigate their future career path.
“Creating, maintaining and leveraging relationships with our industry partners has proven very successful for our students,” says Fred Gibbons, President at Northern College. “The Advantage Ontario report aligns perfectly with our vision of success for all through learning and partnerships, specifically bridging the gap between education and industry to propel Ontario’s economy.”
The report also addresses the critical need for workplace training and lifelong learning in today’s knowledge-based economy. The Apprenticeship, Community and Corporate Training (ACCT) division of Northern College ensures the needs of industry for continuous education are met throughout northeastern Ontario. The Council also calls on the private sector to increase the number of experiential learning opportunities for secondary and PSE students by providing more co-ops, work placements, and apprenticeships.
The Jobs and Prosperity Council is comprised of 14 members and is chaired by Gord Nixon, President and CEO of Royal Bank Canada.
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