The Ottawa Business Growth Survey has drawn the same conclusion two years in a row – attracting skilled talent remains the top issue keeping local business leaders awake at night.
In addition, 54 per cent of local tech talent needs are in management – dynamic individuals who can drive commercial success into global markets.
That’s why the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management continues to push the boundaries of excellence to attract the best students to its programs. Because if you want to produce a quality graduate ready to hit the ground running and add value to an organization, you need to start with a quality applicant.
Quality goes beyond grades. Equally important is diversity – individuals with backgrounds and experiences that can enrich any organization looking to prosper in a globalized economy.
“Baby boomer retirement is leaving gaps in the labour force while Ontario is seeing a demographic decline in high school graduates,” said Alain Doucet, Assistant Dean, External Relations, at the Telfer School. “There is a war for talent and it begins on the campus. For the National Capital Region to have the new generation of leaders it needs, we must work collaboratively with our alumni and the broader community.”
How? Local organizations in the private and public sectors can continue to partner with Telfer for internships, coop placements, mentorship and class projects.
Beyond this, Telfer is actively building its financial capacity to offer scholarships. As post-secondary institutions become increasingly competitive about enrolment, scholarships have emerged as a vital tool to attract the best and brightest.
“Building a competitive workforce for the future is key to the economic priorities of the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada,” Doucet added. “With your help, we can do our part by providing the best possible experience for students and making them job ready in support of the local economy.”