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‘Some students don’t have parents with contacts in business or government or even universities. Work placements build networks. It gets students in front of employers. It’s a social leveller,’ says RBC CEO Dave McKay. Photograph courtesy of Daria Shevtsova/Pexels

Feds get skills training right in budget

The government has pledged nearly $800-million to help employers expand work-integrated learning placements. That’s good news to employers, schools, and students alike.
In yesterday’s federal budget, the government announced its 'intention to work with provinces and territories' toward the creation of the program, though no money was earmarked for it.
From helping kids learn to code to providing new sources of capital for large projects, our aim is to drive productivity.
Providing more internships abroad will invariably buttress Canada’s innovation ecosystem.
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