Jobs, Jobs, few takers
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.