Jobs, Jobs, few tak­ers

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

Let’s

for­get about the slack­ers who have so many ex­cuses not to find a job to stay on the dole that you won­der, with all the cre­ativ­ity that they pos­sess, why on earth they aren’t bil­lion­aires? The rest of the un­em­ployed and un­der­em­ployed may be pass­ing by jobs that beg to be filled and go un­filled be­cause of a lack of pair­ing be­tween what is asked for and what is of­fered.

It is not that there are no jobs, rather, jobs that lack qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants. And as long as we turn a blind eye to the young that drop out of school, we will have a cri­sis on our hands that will be dis­as­trous. And the OUR here is OURS, the An­glo­phone com­mu­nity.

Ten years or so ago, at a Town­ship­pers’ spon­sored sem­i­nar, an older gen­tle­man ap­proached the mi­cro­phone and said bluntly: Why is it that there are no longer English jobs? Be­ing the only Fran­co­phones in the room, all eyes turned to us, beg­ging that we for­get what had just been said. We did.

The fact is that there are no English jobs any­more, nor French. Here in Stanstead, shops are no longer com­pet­ing against the guy across the street but with an­other one in an un­known Chi­nese town, that just hap­pens to be larger than Sher­brooke.

The fact is that there are jobs in the Town­ships, that they now re­quire a min­i­mum of French, that al­most all Town­ship­pers have that knowl­edge but that they do not pos­sess the train­ing needed to fill them.

It is as if a lot of young­sters didn’t re­alise that they could go to a French Cegep to get the train­ing in the field that in­ter­ests them, if this is the only av­enue avail­able. Our lo­cal English Cegep and Train­ing Cen­ter are full of French speak­ers who go there be­cause this is the eas­i­est way of learn­ing the skills that they want. If they can, so can young An­glo­phones go­ing to a French in­sti­tu­tion.

We can­not af­ford as a com­mu­nity to let our youth dis­ap­pear in­side our so­ci­ety or leave al­to­gether, ‘in­side’ as lag­ging in skills that would help ‘English’ businesses pros­per; the num­ber of ‘bilin­gual’ shops and busi­ness in the Town­ships is stag­ger­ing, af­ter all.

This is the worst time of the year for school per­se­ver­ance, nice spring weather has a way of blur­ring the vi­sion, of al­most in­cit­ing some to leave school. Now is the time for you to tell them to think twice about this.

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