Canadian tradesmen from a huge oilsands construction project are waving a red flag about safety hazards and near misses, which they blame on the use of foreign workers who aren’t qualified and can’t speak English.
“When you bring in a bunch of workers who are unqualified to do this job it’s only a matter of time before you kill someone,” said Les Jennings, who was an ironworker supervisor at the Husky Sunrise plant until a few weeks ago, when he quit in frustration.
… York University’s bridging program for internationally educated professionals (IEPs). The innovative 18-month certificate program helps immigrants trained abroad adjust to Canadian business culture, and find employment that matches their credentials and experience.
“As Ontario moves towards strengthening the linkages between workforce literacy and basic skills and employer demand is essential. We need to move beyond our traditional planning approaches and create locally-driven, joined-up partnership models that leverage our existing infrastructure and increase a level of shared responsibility. Through this enhanced level of shared responsibility we can use new tools, well-informed frameworks and overlapping intersections and interconnections to improve the way we coordinate and deliver services. When workforce planning boards and regional literacy networks strategically align their activities together, we are then better equipped to address our local workforce employment and training needs. This will make our communities more competitive, allow for industries to grow and provide more sustainable opportunities for all Ontarians.”