The new, knowledge-based economy need not exclude the disadvantaged - but it will if we don't take a systemic approach to employment development. A Manitoba Research Alliance report identifies five best practices in the preparation of young people for work in the technology sector. Among them, the "Workforce Intermediary": someone who co-ordinates networks of employers, training agencies, unions, governments, and schools so as to change the local employment system.
"Employers in New Economy industries are already experiencing skills shortages and are prepared to participate in programs directed at disadvantaged workers. Models of best practice are available. They have been tested in many jurisdictions, and have a proven track record of success. With thought and care, we can replicate that success."