FREDERICTON, N.B. – An employment survey shows that high numbers of recent graduates from New Brunswick's community colleges are continuing to find work in the province and in their field of study.
“This survey provides governments and the community colleges an important tool with which to plan,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Jody Carr. “We know there are job opportunities in New Brunswick and this survey gives us a benchmark as to how well we are matching our training opportunities with these available jobs.”
The survey found that in 2013, 88 per cent of New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) graduates were working in New Brunswick as were 95 per cent of graduates from le Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB).
The level of related employment in the reference week increased by one percentage point for NBCC and by two percentage points for CCNB to total 80 per cent and 82 per cent, respectively.
“NBCC is committed to contributing to social and economic prosperity in New Brunswick,” said NBCC president and chief executive officer Marilyn Luscombe. “The graduate follow-up survey is an important indicator that, through quality, relevant programs and support for student success, we are preparing our graduates for job opportunities and bright futures here in the province.”
The survey has been conducted since 1983 and this year was completed by the independent research company MQO Research.
“A competent workforce is essential to the province's economic growth,” said Liane Roy, CCNB president and chief executive officer. “The results of the study show that CCNB graduates are developing the skills required to satisfy labour market needs and are earning a higher salary, which will continue to grow over their professional life.”
“Our government is focused on balancing people, skills and jobs,” said Carr. “We are working collaboratively to foster an economic climate for job creators. To this end, we are ensuring our post-secondary training opportunities are well-positioned to match the jobs of today and tomorrow.”