Public service needs to focus on recruiting

Universities gearing up to train students as bureaucrats retire en masse
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2006

The public service is facing an extreme shortage of executives in the next six years, with 41 per cent expected to retire by 2012, according to the Public Service Commission.

As the baby boomers leave en masse, the door is opening wide for students in public policy and public administration programs.

“The people going through now have really won the demographic lottery. The opportunities that are going to be available to young people graduating with bachelors and masters in policy and administration are going to be tremendous,” said Bryan Evans, program co-ordinator of public administration at Toronto’s Ryerson University.