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A photo of the last truck to be assembled on the General Motors production line, shown at a sports bar where GM workers congregated after their work work at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont., on its final day of vehicle production, on Dec. 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Canada can better prepare to retrain workers displaced by disruptive technologies

The federal government must take a stronger leadership role to ensure the many bodies that co-ordinate employment training programs are sharing information to develop best practices.
Tennis professionals like Maria Sharapova (pictured) share similar personality traits to her peers and rivals in tennis, but these traits are entirely different to those in other professions such as technology or science. johanlb/flickr

Robot career advisor: AI may soon be able to analyse your tweets to match you to a job

After analysing posts from 100,000 Twitter users, our research used big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to reveal the hidden personality traits underpinning thousands of jobs.
While the federal government promotes the employment of older people through the jobactive network, in practice it’s not working well for them. Australian Government/jobactive

Employment services aren’t working for older jobseekers, jobactive staff or employers

A two-year study finds dissatisfaction with current arrangements, but also identifies small changes that can make a big difference in helping to find suitable jobs for older workers.
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.
Specialized training is becoming more and more important to financial success in today’s labor market. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis

Want a job? It’s still about education.

As technology and the labor market rapidly evolve, so too does the value of a high school diploma. Despite the changes, one thing remains true: Education is still the cornerstone of career success.
When separating out apprenticeships and traineeships, it becomes clear that apprenticeships are not in crisis. Shutterstock/SpeedKingz

There is no apprenticeships ‘crisis’ in Australia

The so-called 'crisis' has united both sides of politics, employers and trade unions, but wrongly conflates apprenticeships and traineeships to skew the picture.

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