Retirees guide youth through ever-changing workplace
Local retirees are partnering with young people who might struggle to find a career in an everchanging job market.
The Mentoring Plus program will run orientation sessions for both retirees and organizations helping teens and young adults in Truro. Teams of retirees will work with the youth.
“Research shows that a lot of young kids come out of school and they don’t know what to do,” said organizer Gordon Michael. “Statistics show that one-fifth of students drop out of university after their first year in the Maritimes and that one-third of community college students drop out of two-year programs after their first year.”
It was simpler 30 or 40 years ago, when young people more easily landed jobs in retail or on the factory floor with limited education.
Today, even the simplest of jobs typically require at least a high school diploma, while others call for college or university degrees.
Making matters worse is automation, as machinery eliminates positions traditionally held by humans. Michael predicted truck drivers would be out of work within a few years.
“Today, some of these entrylevel jobs are disappearing. It’s not so easy to transition anymore,” said Michael.
The orientation session for retirees will be held at the Truro Fire Hall, 165 Victoria Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17. Orientation for those agencies and organizations serve teens and young adults will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Truro Fire Hall. Lunch is provided at both sessions. Email Valerie Munroe at email@example.com by Oct. 15 to register for either session.