September 19, 2012
Jobs, But No Workers
development took front seat over skills training since 2002
Released by the BC NDP Caucus
years after dismantling the trades and skills training system, the
band-aid approach taken today by Premier Clark is too little too
late, says New Democrat skills training critic Gwen O'Mahony.
"We are facing a serious
skills shortage that the Liberals have contributed to by creating a
skills training system that is failing to support apprentices and
employers," said O'Mahony. "Part of the problem is that many of the
apprentices we have in the skills training system are not completing
their studies, a problem which can be traced back to the Liberal
dismantling of the skills training system in 2002," she added.
Premier Clark outlined 16 bullet points without any commitment to
new resources or a strategic plan to back them up. Many of the key
activities do not begin for another year.
"Premier Clark's so-called jobs plan has been the Liberals' central
economic development plan, but its failure to even contemplate
skills training put us even further behind in fixing these problems.
Now to see that the Liberals' response is to maybe do something next
year is disappointing," said O'Mahony. "It's bad enough to be
playing catch up on skills training when their plan never included
it in the first place, but worse when what they have to offer won't
come close to filling the gaping hole between what's needed on this
file and what the Liberals have done."
"The fact that the government's $15 million advertising campaign
includes running ads on skytrains that state "hipster is not a real
job" as a way to get students excited about the trades, put in
question the judgment and ability of the government to get the job
done," said O'Mahony.
"Adrian Dix has been clear that skills training will be a central
part of his plan to create jobs, build the economy and support the
middle class," said O'Mahony. "British Columbians are looking for a
government that has a serious plan to invest in our workforce so we
can compete in a 21st century global economy that demands skilled
Adrian Dix and the New Democrats are committed to modernizing and
improving B.C.'s skills training system to create jobs, build a
stronger economy and reduce inequality.
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