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The youth unemployment problem needs more than R&D

Youth-unemp-picBy Denzil Doyle 

Judging by the amount of student unrest that occurred last year, ostensibly focused on high tuition fees, our politicians at all three levels of government would be wise to brace for more of the same in the coming academic year.

The first thing they should do is get a better understanding of what is bothering our youth, because a little bit of investigation would reveal that tuition fees are relatively low on their totem pole of unrest. We must understand that young people are better educated than they have ever been in the past, that they are entering the workforce with unprecedented debt, and the job opportunities are nothing like they were for previous generations. The mismatch is more pronounced in the manufacturing sector and it is due mainly to the complete absence of some of the more innovative components of that sector. For example, we assemble automobiles in Canada but we do not design them here and we have very little involvement in the more strategic activities like product design and product migration.

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