An Effective Post-Secondary Process Can Engage Top Aboriginal Talent

Increasing Aboriginal participation in post-secondary education can help reduce the labour shortage. It will take a coordinated and culturally sensitive outreach effort.
— By Cecil Kartick

Canada’s labour supply shortage is acknowledged, leading to government and business efforts to attract global talent. However, they can look closer to home for part of the solution.

There are a growing number of Aboriginal students attending Post-Secondary Education (PSE) programs, and they represent home talent that can fill critical workforce shortages and skills gaps. It makes so much sense that a strategy was added to the national agenda: Increase the role of PSE in engaging and developing Aboriginal talent potential. To achieve goals, the Canadian government, businesses and PSE must work closely together to support efforts to close educational gaps, while creating employment opportunities for those with advanced skills at the same time.

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