On February 5, Chuck Davidson, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) President and CEO, and Nick Gamble, Policy Analyst, met with Honourable Renée Cable, Manitoba’s Advanced Education and Training Minister. The meeting was centered around several key areas related to the future of Manitoba’s workforce and post-secondary education system. The meeting was a step forward in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing Manitoba’s workforce and education system. The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce looks forward to continuing these important discussions and collaborating on solutions for Manitoba’s workforce challenges.
Below are our key takeaways from the meeting.
Business Outlook and Workforce Issues
The MCC presented the results of the 2023 Manitoba Business Outlook Survey, with a specific focus on workforce issues emphasizing the importance of education and training to ensure that Manitoba companies have the talent they need for the future.
Funding Model for Post-Secondaries
Significant discussion centered around the funding model for post-secondary institutions, identifying the critical need for education to adapt to workforce requirements for upskilling.
Building Manitoba’s Talent Pipeline
Discussion focused on retaining graduates while attracting those from other provinces to build Manitoba’s talent pipeline.
Supporting Companies for Training and Workforce Development
Strategies explored included micro credentials, internship subsidies, and providing work term opportunities for post-secondary students to gain valuable industry experience.