As ‘jobs for life’ disappear, focus turns to reskilling

Government interest in training highlights need for new skills
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/30/2019

As news of the impending shuttering of General Motors’ Oshawa assembly plant continues to reverberate in Ontario, for many workers, the focus has turned towards reskilling.

“Some of those people I’m sure thought that they had a job for life and now they need to perhaps get some skills to allow them to re-enter that workforce,” said Chris Dudley, director of the TD-Helix Transformation Initiative, a soon-to-be-launched reskilling program at Seneca College in Toronto.

The need to reskill is especially critical for professionals at risk of job loss due to technological advances, he said.