Financial support for students: enough to combat the shortage on the labor market?

Prime Minister François Legault announced on Tuesday that students of certain courses will receive scholarships or allowances to attract more future employees in certain fields and thus combat the labor shortage.

The director-general of the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Sylvain Blais, is delighted with the news. On the other hand, he hopes that enrollments in other study programs will not decline.

Nor should we be in a situation two or three years from now where the movement has left us in a very precarious situation in other programs that were not supported by scholarshipshe makes clear.

Sylvain Blais, Director General of Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (archive)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Lise Millette

Sylvain Blais cites as an example that if the early childhood education program were covered by the scholarships, and not the special education program, students would enroll more in early childhood education.

If there’s too much movement after that, the people our special education technicians have helped, then we’ll have a problem in three or four years. Because there will be interruption in services given the movement of customershe is afraid of.

The Rector of the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Vincent Rousson, also says he is happy with the announcement, but adds that the stock markets are not the only factor of attractiveness.

We also think of nurses, teachers, teachers, where there is a collective exercise to promote or re-evaluate these professions. Because scholarships don’t automatically attract studentshe believes.

The targeted study programs would touch six sectors:

  • Sectors deemed essential: health care, education and childcare

  • Sectors Considered Strategic: Engineering, Information Technology and Construction

The list of specific programs that the scholarships will target is not yet known.

Pablo Rojas, who is currently enrolled in the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety at UQAT, plans to start a master’s degree in project management in 2024 or 2023.

In the same vein as Mr Rousson, he states that announcements of scholarships and grants have no influence on his choice of education.

A scholarship is very good but it is not just a scholarship that will make me change my career choice but rather the job prospects after that : if it is well paid and there are many jobs in this fieldhe explains.

Another prospective student, Charlotte Corriveau, who will start a master’s degree in secondary science this winter, sees the grants in a positive light, but is waiting for more details.

It’s for sure, it’s fun, we don’t say no to money. Especially if you’re in college. It gives us some peace of mind, she says. Sure it will be welcome if I get the chance to get it, but for now I think it’s still vague as an announcement and we don’t really know how it’s going to work.

Sylvain Blais predicts that by the end of December the government will announce the list of the programs for which scholarships are awarded.

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