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Skill shortage named as big economic challenge

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by Journal Of Commerce

Canada's employment minister says a shortage of skilled workers will be one of the country's greatest future economic challenges.

Canada's employment minister says a shortage of skilled workers will be one of the country's greatest future economic challenges.

Jason Kenney gave the warning at a skills summit in Toronto, where stakeholders have gathered to discuss the labour market, employee training and those under-represented in the labour force.

Kenney said the construction, mining and petroleum sectors are examples of industries that will face serious shortages of skilled workers over the next decade.

He added that stakeholders need to de-stigmatize the trades and encourage young workers to enter skilled vocations.

The minister cites countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom as places where apprenticeship programs offer youth better employment options.

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