Gaps In Canada’s Workforce Pose Threat

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    Canada is beginning to experience gaps between what global commerce requires for success and what the country’s workforce can supply, says the ‘International Trade Workforce Strategy – Report of the FITT Human Resources International Trade Sector Study.’ The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) report says one gap is a shortfall of the number of people in many occupations that are core to international trade. Another gap is between the demand for and availability of new competencies that are critical to successful global trade. The report recommends specific actions for Canadian business leaders, the educational community, and government policymakers to take to close these gaps. Recommended solutions to be enacted by the business community start with its need to create national awareness of the pressing urgency for action. Other recommended solutions address effective ways of developing trade-relevant capabilities among employees and collaborating with educational institutions to better prepare graduates for trade. The government, for example, is asked to create through Statistics Canada a supporting infrastructure of new workforce data focused on that portion of the workforce essential to trade. For the educational community, recommended solutions include more extensive credentialing of competencies critical to trade and creating opportunities for students at all higher levels of schooling to gain relevant experience. The report is available at fitt.ca/en/strategy