Six British Columbia (BC) universities have ramped up their push for an increase in government funding, releasing a report that shows the province’s economy will soon be facing a shortage of thousands of university and college graduates, writes Jonathan Fowlie for The Vancouver Sun.
The report comes as both the BC Liberal government and the New Democrat opposition have been jockeying to make skills training a key issue during the coming election campaign – a debate that so far has focused more on apprenticeships and trades training than on the need for more university graduates.
But in an interview last Monday, presidents from two leading universities said the report to be released projects that by 2016, the province’s largest skills shortage will not be in the trades, but in jobs requiring either a university or college degree.
Full report on The Vancouver Sun site
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