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Job quality and wages on the decline for youth

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Job quality and wages on the decline for youth

A recent stats Canada study has shown over the past 40 years, the Job quality and wages of youth ages 17 to 24.

In the report, the national statistics office says fewer young Canadians, who are not full-time students, are working full-time jobs today than in 1976, a result driven mainly by the rise of part-time work rather than increases in unemployment rates or decreases in labour force participation.

This may not be the case for the Youth Labour Market here in the region, as more full-time prospects open up and the skills focus shift from oilsands labour to construction during the recovery process.

Vice President of Stake Holder Relations, Carmen Wyton, at Careers the next Generation, says Partners like Casman, Wilson Group, and Stuart Olson, believe that Skilled Youth are important to growing the industry.

“It’s almost like a perfect storm, these companies that have been in Fort McMurray for a long time, that will get some of the contracts, are aligning to the idea of putting Fort McMurray back to work, including youth. Regardless of the economy, regardless of the wildfire, they continue to be an enabler of Youth and Young Apprentices.”

Career’s Rebuilding Fort McMurray program has been working with Youth from Highschools across Canada to help them find a skill and career that will be in demand for years to come.


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