Got a career? Still think about upskilling


With the rapid changes in types and modes of work, learning new skills is critical for everyone, even those already employed, experts say.

“It’s really the way of the future for the work force,” says Linda Franklin, president and chief executive officer of the advocacy organization Colleges Ontario.

“We have all sorts of technological advances, artificial intelligence, and all of this is transforming everyone’s jobs – not just the jobs you think about immediately,” she says.

Working with artificial intelligence is key, but it is more than that. On construction sites, for example, workers look at blueprints on their smartphones; in agriculture, growers need to know details about different strains of cannabis.

Community colleges across Canada are moving quickly to provide courses and training to help workers transition to a 21st-century economy.


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