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Ontario College Grads Finding Jobs

19 APR 2012
Topic : Education News

We may be living through difficult economic times, but this doesn’t seem to be affecting the career opportunities for recent Ontario college graduates. New statistics, in fact, show that it may be something of a boom time (global economic downturn be damned!). Newly released, and independently gathered Key Performance Indicators – which included the employment rate for graduates – indicate that 83 per cent of Ontario college graduates entering the labour force in 2011 found jobs within six months of graduation.

“Employers value higher education that prepares people for careers,” Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario said in a press release. “In spite of the difficult economic climate, Ontario college graduates continue to get jobs.”

The KPI data also indicated that 92.8 per cent of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the graduates they hired.

“Technology and trade are revolutionizing the workplace. It is important that new employees can adapt quickly to new innovations. Employers expect that and college grads deliver,” Franklin said.

Provincial KPIs have been gathered annually since 1998. The data is gathered by two independent research firms for Ontario colleges and for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. This particular set of data is the most recently collected. It was gathered from March 2011 to February 2012.

The findings are another clear illustration of the increasing popularity of Canadian career colleges, and another reason why these schools are seeing a rise in applications from people with university degrees. In fact, recent studies are now showing that these post-secondary students may account for anywhere from a fifth to a third of the enrolment at career colleges.

“A university degree used to be an entree to a job. [Employers] didn’t care if your degree was in archaeology—they’d take you into the accounting firm and train you for the job,” Ann Buller, president of Centennial College told The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Franklin agrees.

“Our colleges produce graduates who have the problem-solving abilities and technical skills to succeed. Growing numbers of students are pursuing college education because they know it leads to career success,” she said. Given the numbers, it’s hard to disagree with her.

What do you think of these findings?