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New study looks at employment gaps in skilled trades

2011-10-18

(Kingston, ON) St. Lawrence College, through its Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement department, and The 1000 Islands Workforce Development Board, have partnered with Service Canada and been awarded a $98,000.00 grant to study youth employment gaps in skilled trades.

Supported by students and faculty from business school at St. Lawrence College, area employers will be asked to participate in a short, but important, 10 minute human resource survey to better understand the evolving skilled job market in our region. Results of this survey will support the ability of individuals to connect education, training and professional development to a career and strong financial status, as well as inform public policy and educational programming.

"We know that the recession and economic change are reshaping the job and educational landscapes," said Charlie Mignault, Director of Business Development at St. Lawrence College. "As we move through this challenging economic climate we will continue to use tools such as the skilled job survey to match educational alternatives with career options providing invaluable insights for both job seekers and employers."

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About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291


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