We must do more now to prepare young people for the future of work

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An excerpt from an article by Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC, and chair of BHER’s work-integrated learning taskforce. This article originally appeared in The Globe and Mail. Read the full publication here.

On Vancouver Island, TimberWest is searching for foresters who can harvest data as well as trees. In Alberta, Suncor is working with First Nations peoples to build a new pipeline of talent, with aboriginal youth who can work with new technologies such as self-driving trucks. And in Toronto, Saint Elizabeth Health Care is looking to advance digital and communications skills to assist patients where they want – in their homes or remotely.

Across the country, we’re seeing Canadians and Canadian companies embrace the next generation of technology like never before. Unfortunately, the way we go about educating and employing the next generation of Canadians isn’t keeping pace.

It’s our quiet crisis and it’s about to get a lot louder if we don’t take the future of work more seriously.