Getting Onboard The Youth Train

What you need to know to hire young workers

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

We all know the story. The Boomers are retiring. The workforce is shrinking. And, as a result, we need more young people in the workplace than ever. But there’s a second story that goes along with the first one. Today’s young people aren’t ready. They don’t have the skills we did. They don’t know what we knew. In one story, one generation is passing the torch to another. In the other, we’re worried that the people coming after us will drop the torch and burn all our toes. Which is it and where does that leave employers who need to hire young people for their workplace?

Certainly, the demographic picture created by the Boomers is well known. Statistics Canada says the number of persons aged 65 years and over doubled between 1981 and 2009 and will double again by 2036. Sometime between 2015 and 2021, Canada will have more seniors than children.

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