Re­tirees guide youth through ever-chang­ing work­place

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County - BY FRAM DINSHAW

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 vmunroe@truro.ca by Oct. 15 to reg­is­ter for ei­ther ses­sion.

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