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Canadian companies say there’s a shortage of skilled workers, but are they investing in training? (Shutterstock)

Is Canada’s skills shortage real, or are businesses to blame?

Canadian firms say there's a dire shortage of skilled workers. But recent studies suggest they're not investing in training, apparently expecting universities to train their employees for them.

How music benefits children

Turns out learning a musical instrument really could benefit your child, in more ways than you might think.
Interns will earn an extra $200 each fortnight under the new program. from

Will the internships program help young people get jobs?

The path to employment is not easy for a young person. Follow the lines in our flow chart to see the many different pathways young people might have to take to secure a job.
Members of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, rally for the youth wage subsidy. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How two crucial trends are affecting unemployment in South Africa

South Africa's labour market suffers from high unemployment. Reform of the education system may provide the only long-term sustainable solution to the problem.
Agriculture remains the major source of employment in Ghana, even though its share in the economy has been in steady decline. Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon

Ghana needs a new strategy to create decent jobs and reduce inequality

Economic growth is a necessary condition for development. But it can only pass the sufficient condition test if growth translates into high-earning jobs. Ghana's recent history illustrates this.

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