In today’s rapidly changing economy, employers are increasingly looking for workers with broad knowledge and adaptable skills, while students are looking to bridge their classroom learning to the workplace. Employers, students and universities must partner to ensure we are equipping students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to thrive, and to help strengthen the talent pipeline that secures jobs, fosters innovation and drives Ontario’s economy.
- Across the province, the world of work is being transformed and it’s hard to predict what jobs will exist in ten years – it is currently estimated that 42 percent of Ontario’s labour force is at risk of being affected by automation in the next 10 to 20 years. As the economy shifts, new technologies transform our industries and automation is poised to affect everything from law offices to the manufacturing sector, people are concerned about the quantity and quality of jobs in the future.
- Employers are looking for workers with adaptable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork. These skills help workers thrive in changing environments and are seen as critical to success in any business, both small and large.
- A university education that offers rigorous academic programs and hands-on experiential learning has been proven to help develop the adaptable skills employers are looking for.
- Eighty-six per cent of current students and recent grads in Canada said experiential learning led to an easier transition from school to a successful career.
- Employers recognize the benefits of experiential learning, but groups such as the Ontario Chamber of Commerce feel administrative and operational requirements may limit further opportunities for partnership development, particularly with small businesses.