Forget the cooking shows! Manufacturing is where it’s at for today’s grads
OTTAWA — As part of the 2013 federal budget, federal finance minister Jim Flaherty announced some much-welcomed support for Ontario’s manufacturing sectors, including a new $200 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario.
This will certainly be welcome news to those companies that continue to play an important role in Canada’s economy despite the bumpy ride the manufacturing sector has been on in recent years,. They are, after all, creating skilled, well-paying jobs that support communities. And with these new initiatives, things can only get better for the sector.
The question that remains, however, is: Will the supply of skilled labourers be able to meet demands of sectoral growth?
After all, in today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, many students will frown on a career in manufacturing. Instead, they are gravitating toward chef and culinary courses where salary prospects might not be that great but where there’s always a chance of landing a cooking show.
By Tom Corr, Special to Financial Post, April 2, 2013
Dr. Tom Corr is president and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence, a government partner to industry and academia and co-investor to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s colleges, universities and research hospitals.