Bring back shop class, jobs minister says

Canada's Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney speaks during Question Period in the...

Canada's Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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OTTAWA — Jobs Minister Jason Kenney wants educators to encourage students to learn a trade and to bring back shop classes to high schools.

"We all know that for a very long time, for three or four decades, provincial governments and school boards have marginalized vocational training and technical education," Kenney told a conference in Toronto on Thursday.

"I think it's important that young people know that becoming a ... plumber or electrician is far more likely to generate them a better life-time income than going to university and getting a BA in political science," he said.

"We have a surplus of those in Ottawa as it is."

Kenney said academic degrees are fine for some, but for others it doesn't mean a job will follow.

His comments come as the government grapples with a skilled labour shortage that is expected to intensify in the next decade because of the booming resources sector.


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