Sask. Party underfunds education and training, jobs go unfilled

There are 3,700 fewer people working in Saskatchewan’s private sector compared to a year ago – a result of the fact that the Sask. Party doesn’t have a plan to fill employer needs with a smart post-secondary and skills training plan.

"Saskatchewan businesses keep delivering good news for Saskatchewan," said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP critic for the economy. "But, the Sask. Party is throwing a wrench in the plans of businesses by underfunding universities, SIAST and apprenticeship programs. The government doesn’t have a smart-growth plan to increase the number of skilled workers at the same rate as the province is growing."

The Statistics Canada report released today shows that the public sector has grown by 9,600 workers and the number of self-employed people has grown, but the private sector shed jobs in areas like information and mining.

The University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and SIAST are making cuts to programs, staff and assets as a result of short-funding by the Sask. Party government. Tuition is also increasing for students, making post-secondary education less accessible.

"Employers need the Sask. Party government to stop its cuts in education and skills training," said Wotherspoon. "A sustainable economy has to match the supply of trained workers with employer demand."

Sectors that lost jobs include information, culture and recreation (-3,300); forestry, fishing, mining and oil & gas (-2,800); manufacturing (-1,500); finance, insurance, real estate and leasing (-1,400); business, building and other support services (-1,100); utilities (-700); accommodation and food services (-300).

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For further information, please contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office