The future of jobs is connected going to school, federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau told Durham College students at the Whitby campus.
“Seven out of ten future jobs are going to require some form of post-secondary education,” said Trudeau during his visit to Durham on Thursday, September 25.
About 75 people attended a Q&A in the small and crowded student lounge.
Many students wanted to be involved, however, there wasn’t enough time for everyone’s questions and Trudeau still went over the allotted time.
An issue that arose on more than one occasion was about the future of jobs.
“Students feel like they do not want to finish school if there are no jobs,” said Felicia Ashman, a second year Special Events Planning student.
It is clear that education is a priority.
“We need to make sure that you all have access to quality, [and] affordable post-secondary education,” said Trudeau.
“I almost had to drop out of school because OSAP wouldn’t give me enough money, I did not make enough through the summer, and my parents won’t pay for my schooling,” said Zac Bell, a second year Mechanical Engineering student.
Trudeau recognizes the job market isn’t the same as it was years ago. Going to post-secondary used to mean getting a job.
“If you think back to 20 or even 50 years ago, if you got a university degree you would have gotten a job,” said Trudeau.
Trudeau wants all the governments to work together alongside institutions such as Durham College, and the corporate sector, to help create paths to employment.
Jobs not included in his plans are “simple widget assembly lines.”
Those types of jobs are offshore, and will continue to be that way, according to Trudeau.
The government needs to have a vision and a plan to address the job problem, said Trudeau.
Canada’s competitive advantage comes from natural resources and will be the foundation of the larger economy, according to Trudeau.
“Of all the natural resources Canada has, our greatest resource is our human resource,” said Trudeau.