The President of the College of the North Atlantic says that the substantial labour shortage in the province will lead to increased labour costs. Ann Marie Vaughn spoke yesterday at CNA’s Skilled Career Day, and addressed issues facing the need for skilled labour and tradespeople within the province.
The provincial government predicts 70,000 job openings over the next 10 years. The jobs are associated with mega projects like Muskrat Falls, Long Harbour, and Hebron Oil Project.
With over 200 participants, competing in 40 different areas, the top-achievers at the provincial competitions will be awarded gold medals and will be granted the opportunity to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver in early June. The President of Skills Canada NL, John Oates, calls it a great opportunity for young skilled workers to learn about other opportunities.
He says that not only is it an opportunity for students to show the skills they have, but it gives them the chance to learn about other skilled trade and technology areas.
April 13 ’2013