Four ways to address youth unemployment: Polytechnics Canada CEO

March 14, 2017

“It’s not easy being young these days—especially where employment is concerned,” writes Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson. While many of today’s adults might see youth as entitled or lazy, Robinson adds, “these stereotypes don’t reflect the realities of current employment opportunities,” in which youth often have access only to unstable and temporary work. Robinson reflects on how polytechnics can help address issues with youth employment before offering four key ways that Canada can improve the situation: 1) invest in better labour market data; 2) create new youth initiatives that take advantage of the existing resources at polytechnic and college employment centres; 3) bolster apprenticeships with better funding, public awareness, and programs to connect apprentices with employers; and 4) overhaul the federal Youth Employment Strategy. Montreal Gazette