Fin des rencontres de la Commission avec le public

first_img groupes de discussion de jeunes et de parents sondages en ligne rencontres avec des enseignants et d’autres groupes et personnes concernés ateliers publics exposés et récits Le rapport final de la commission est attendu à la fin du mois de mars. Plus de 5 000 parents, éducateurs, élèves et autres Néo-Écossais ont participé aux activités de la Commission sur l’intégration dans l’éducation en partageant leurs opinions, leurs idées et leurs histoires avec les membres de la Commission. Dans le cadre de leur recherche, les membres de la Commission se sont aussi rendus dans des écoles de chaque région où ils ont rencontré des enseignants, des administrateurs et des élèves. « Nous sommes ravis du taux de participation et très reconnaissants envers chaque personne qui a participé à la consultation, a déclaré la présidente de la Commission, Sarah Shea. En nous racontant leurs expériences, les Néo-Écossais ont décrit les succès, les défis, les frustrations et les innovations du modèle actuel de l’intégration dans l’éducation. » Quelques thèmes sont ressortis comme étant prioritaires, notamment la nécessité d’aborder le manque de financement, l’affectation des fonds, les ressources, la formation et le perfectionnement. « Nous avons rencontré beaucoup d’éducateurs dévoués, et découvert que des solutions créatives sont mises en place, mais isolément, a déclaré Adéla Njie, représentante du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse au sein de la Commission. Pour améliorer l’intégration dans l’éducation, nous devons connaître les stratégies qui connaissent du succès et d’autres programmes qui ont fait leurs preuves pour être en mesure de répondre, le cas échéant, aux besoins des élèves partout dans la province. » Par-dessus tout, le message d’urgence était clair et net. Les participants ont pressé la Commission d’apporter des changements importants et non de simples corrections ici et là dans le modèle actuel. « Dans toutes nos consultations, les Néo-Écossais nous ont dit de ne pas tenter de résoudre cet énorme problème en apportant seulement quelques modifications, a déclaré Monica Williams, la représentante du gouvernement au sein de la Commission. Il est clair qu’il est nécessaire de reconstruire l’intégration dans l’éducation. Les parents veulent ce qu’il y a de meilleur pour leurs enfants, et les enseignants veulent travailler dans un environnement positif et favorable, axé sur le succès des élèves. » La Commission a consulté les Néo-Écossais entre le 15 décembre et le 30 janvier de différentes façons :last_img read more

Canadian trucking industry struggles to attract next generation of drivers

Canadian trucking industry struggles to attract next generation of drivers by Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2016 6:00 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Truck driver Nadine Gauthier stands next to a truck Friday, May 6, 2016 in Montreal. Gauthier, a former truck driver, is working on behalf of Quebec’s trucking association to encourage more women and girls to consider careers as truck drivers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson MONTREAL – After 40 years as a truck driver, Jack Fielding says it’s easier to name the places in North America where he hasn’t been than the ones he has.And after driving five million kilometres, the 57 year-old still enjoys the freedom of the road.“For the most part, there’s nobody looking over my shoulder telling me what to do,” says Fielding, who hails from McKellar, Ont. “I have an assignment and I’m left to do it at my own pace and how I think it should be done.”But as Fielding and thousands like him near retirement age, the industry is struggling to recruit young people who share his enthusiasm for the job.This means the industry is facing a looming labour shortage that could reach 48,000 drivers by 2024, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance.The average age of a truck driver is over 47 — up from 45 in 2013 — and almost 30 per cent of the driving force is 55 or over, which makes it one of the oldest workforces in Canada, according to the organization’s president.“Tens of thousands of them are nearing retirement and we’re not getting anywhere near our commensurate share of new drivers into the business,” says David Bradley.There are multiple reasons for the looming shortage, but many believe the lifestyle simply isn’t attractive to a younger generation.Fielding, for example, usually works 10-14 days straight, with three days off between trips. Schedules are not set in advance, and drivers often work 12 hours or more a day.“You’re not home with your friends on Friday nights having parties,” he says. “If you have a family you might miss out on birthdays and things like that.”Bradley says this makes it harder to attract younger people or those with families, who tend to place a higher emphasis on work-life balance than older generations.It may also explain why the industry struggles to recruit women, who make up only about four to six per cent of the driving population.Nadine Gauthier, who spent six years driving shipping containers in and around the Montreal area, is trying to change that.The 43-year old, now a supervisor for Simard Transport, also works on behalf of Quebec’s trucking association to convince girls and women that trucking isn’t just a “man’s world.”She says that while the first women ”pioneers” may have been given a hard time, the industry has become very welcoming to women.“I sincerely think men like having women in their teams and at the heart of the company,” she notes. “It brings a new dynamic, and men are very respectful of that.”The average salary for a truck driver was listed as $40,728 in 2011, although Bradley says long-haul truck drivers can easily make $70-80,000 a year.However, they’re often paid by the mile, which means their income can fluctuate based on unexpected delays or traffic. They also tend to work longer hours than the rest of the population.It’s also difficult to hire immigrants, except under the Temporary Foreign Worker program, since truck driving is not considered a skilled occupation and drivers therefore aren’t eligible for most federal economic immigration programs.Bradley says the current economic downturn in Canada — particularly in the oil industry — has alleviated the shortage for the moment.But he believes long-term solutions are needed to ensure people who enter the profession stay there, instead of viewing it as a stop-gap between jobs.The industry is working to change the classification of truck driving to semi-skilled or skilled, which Bradley says is key to getting more resources for training and attracting career-oriented candidates.Provinces are also working on implementing their own regulations and mandatory training standards.In its own bid to address the shortage, the Quebec government has introduced a training program for 17-and-18 year old wannabe truckers.Students are partnered with companies that agree to give them internships at the end of the four-month course, which often lead to permanent jobs.One recent graduate, 20-year-old Anthony Boisvert, was hired straight out of school and already has two years under his belt as a long-distance trucker for Groupe Robert.He loves the job, including the 60-80 hour workweeks and stretches of four to five days away from home, but realizes it isn’t for everyone.“It’s more a passion than a job,” he says.Bradley says that although individual companies are looking at scheduling, wages and recruitment strategies to tackle the shortage, change is slow to come.“This is a fragmented, competitive industry, and it’s hard to turn it on a dime,” he says.Fielding, who estimates he has five years of driving left, can’t quite figure out why more young people don’t seem to want to take over behind the wheel.“Where (else) can you get paid to see North America, to experience things in life?” he says. “I think it would be a great job for somebody just starting out.” read more