On the heels of the Premier’s proposal to inject $1.7 million into creating internships with private sector employers, a longtime UCCI professor says such collaboration is key to reducing unemployment.
Dr. Robert Weishan, Chair of Business Studies, says managing workforce development is not the sole responsibility of schools, government or businesses.
“It’s easy in a society to give training or education to the brightest and the best, but then what do you do with the rest of the people? It’s like a hospital that only cures certain people who are healthy and turns back people who have a terminal illness,” he said.
Dr. Weishan, who teaches courses on organizational development, business ethics and other fields, would like to see government provide financial support for people to be placed in positions that would give them entry-level, real-world experience without going into the debt that comes with unpaid internships.
“If government paid a subsidy, they could make ends meet because you wouldn’t expect the employer to pay full-pay for an apprentice,” he said, “Then I think we could make people employable a lot quicker and we could solve some of the problems where we have to import labor.”