Posted February 08, 2018 09:53:24 The federal government has introduced legislation that will see Canadians with bachelor degrees as the only qualification for a job in the country.
The law, which has been tabled in the House of Commons and expected to be voted on by the Senate later this week, would allow students to take the same training they’d received in high school and postsecondary education, including a master’s degree, into the labour market.
The new regulations would also allow employers to give their full-time employees a three-year job with no restrictions.
The government says it’s aiming to bring in a new set of qualifications, which would include a bachelor’s degree.
The regulations would apply to jobs where the person has a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as a postsecondary credential such as a certificate of completion.
The move comes after the Canadian Association of University Teachers urged Canadians to become more educated.
It wants to expand access to higher education for all Canadians, and is urging employers to offer more than one degree.
“The job market is changing, so it is important that employers have the right tools at their disposal to help them identify candidates with the right skills,” said CATU president and CEO Deb MacKinnon.
“For the past few years, the federal government, along with other employers, has been working hard to increase the availability of training, but there is still much to do to make sure that Canadians with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree are the only ones who are qualified to fill these important jobs.”
The government has also promised to introduce a national apprenticeship program.
But there are concerns that the program will not meet the needs of the increasingly diverse workforce, and that employers will struggle to fill the jobs that need to be filled.
“We want to create the right opportunities for Canadians to work and to grow their careers, but we have a lot more work to do,” said MacKinn, adding that there is a need for more information about the skills needed to fill a specific job.
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