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Sectors In Demand

By WENDY TERRY - September 8 2010

Statistics Canada recently released its quarterly labour force survey results. This labour force survey showed major growth in five particular sectors: retail and wholesale trade, business and support services, health care and social assistance, personal care business as well as construction. Small class sizes, intensive training and flexible learning at Ontario’s registered private career colleges will allow a greater number of people to train for these sectors, and enter the workforce sooner.

1. Retail and Wholesale Trade

There has been an increase of 69,000 workers in retail and wholesale trade in the past year, with 22,000 more jobs created in June 2010 alone. With opportunities in managerial, finance and administrative jobs within the sector, those trained in areas such as payroll and accounting can benefit from this growth. Evergreen College in Toronto offers a unique Business Administration in International Trading Program, Kennedy College of Toronto offers fashion design; these are just two examples of programs available at many private career colleges

2.  Business and Support Services

This sector saw 20,000 new workers in June, and 86,000 since the beginning of 2010. This rise comes from the addition of new manager and administrative positions in the private sector. Victoria International College of Business & Technology in Toronto offers Business Administration, and IBT College offers Business Management and Entrepreneurship diploma, while many career colleges offer diplomas for various business support roles.

3.  Health Care and Social Assistance

The health care and social assistance sector added 20,000 workers in June. As the population of Ontario ages, the need for health care rises. With a shortage of health care professionals across Ontario and Canada, students at registered private career colleges benefit from intensive programs. Canadian Career College can train students for Long Term Care administration and Stafford College of Health Care, Business and Technology in Toronto offers a diploma in pharmacy assistant while many of Ontario’s career colleges, including Prestige Nursing Careers Centre, offer personal support worker diplomas.

4.  Personal Care Business

The personal care service sector also increased, with 17,000 new jobs added in June. The retiring workforce has opened up doors to those looking for rewarding employment in the personal care service sector. The Salon & Spa Career College , Complections International Academy, and Body Pro Beauty & Aesthetics Academy and many more career colleges in Ontario offer diploma programs in esthetics, make-up for fashion, photography and bridal as well as spa management.

5.  Construction

The construction sector has been the fastest growing industry since last July, according to the Statistics Canada labour survey. There have been 94,000 more workers in that sector since this time last year. This growth requires highly skilled workers, and registered private career colleges such as Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute, HVAC Training Academy and Stanford International College of Business and Technology can help prepare you for a career in construction. Diploma programs such as Construction and Maintenance Electrician, Construction Technology, Gas Technician, Plumbing and Building services Engineering are offered at some of Ontario’s private career colleges.

The Ontario Association of Career Colleges represents over 250 registered private career colleges in Ontario. To find a career college or program in your area, visit ontariocollegesearch.ca or OACC.ca


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