WINNIPEG — Manitoba officials have announced the completion of the province’s new Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy that aims to grow the province’s economy by giving residents the skills for in-demand jobs.
The strategy was developed as a collaboration between post-secondary institutions, industry and government to identify ways to accelerate recovery, grow the economy and have successful outcomes for workers and businesses.
It focuses on four key areas based on a public engagement process:
- anticipating skills needed for the future;
- aligning education and training to labour market needs and helping students succeed;
- fostering entrepreneurial and innovative skills; and
- growing, attracting and retaining talent.
Provincial officials spent a year meeting with post-secondary institutions, sector council partners and the Premier’s Economic Opportunities Advisory Board. The province also held an online town hall and survey to get further input on the strategy.
“As Manitoba’s largest college and only polytechnic, our programs are uniquely designed in collaboration with employers to grow key industries and fill critical gaps in the labour market, to position our province as a destination to grow, attract and retain talent – both from here and abroad,” said Fred Meier, president and CEO of Red River College, in a statement.
The college played an important role in the strategy’s development.
Meier added the strategy gives schools a framework to give students the right skills for in-demand jobs.
“We’re committed to building more pathways for our students — especially our Indigenous, newcomer and immigrant learners — to move from classroom to career,” he said.