TORONTO, April 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Faced with a critical shortage of skilled workers, some Canadian businesses are looking to create their own skilled workforce, as more than one in five businesses (21%) say they plan to offering internships in 2022, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.
Among the companies offering internship opportunities, an average of 20 positions will be created and 86% of the internships will be paid positions.
In addition, almost all companies (93%) indicate that they are likely to hire full-time or part-time interns in the future.
According to Hanif Hemani, owner of an Express franchise in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, internships can be beneficial to employers and job seekers.
“Right now it’s hard to find experienced candidates, so I think it’s a great idea for companies to consider this option due to labor shortages,” Hemani said. “It allows companies to get a glimpse of upcoming talent and perhaps set the stage for future great hires.
“For the intern, having relevant experience makes them more marketable, and it also gives them the opportunity to assess the company and industry for culture, fit and long-term viability.”
Hemani’s advice to interns is to “learn as much as possible, take on as many projects as possible, and develop a range of skills and experience. At present, experience is paramount and will set these interns apart. »
According to Express Employment International CEO Bill Stoller, early on-the-job experience is invaluable and the transfer of knowledge between experts and younger generations is even more important with baby boomers retiring in droves.
“With a slew of internships and apprenticeships expected to be offered by companies this year, those looking to break into new areas should jump at the chance to add some real-world experience to their CV and an edge. over their competitors,” he added.
The survey was conducted online in Canada by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between November 10 and December 2, 2021, among 510 Canadian hiring decision makers (defined as adults aged 18 and more in Canada who are full-time or self-employed, work in businesses with more than one employee, and are fully/meaningfully involved in hiring decisions in their business). The data have been weighted, where appropriate, by company size to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.
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About Bill Stoller
William H. “Bill” Stoller is President and CEO of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international recruitment franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and associated brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading international recruitment company with franchises in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
About Express Employment Professionals
At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the people business. From job seekers to corporate clients, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international franchise network provides localized recruitment solutions to the communities they serve in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 586,000 people worldwide in 2021 and 10 million since its creation. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com/CA.
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