“Job seekers at PolyCello’s packaging plant in Amherst must write a competency test before they’re hired.
But the results from today’s high school graduates, compared to those from 10 or 15 years ago, paint a dismal picture.
“They’re half what they used to be,” Stephen Emmerson, the firm’s president and CEO, said. “We are basically graduating people from high school that are functionally illiterate.”
This lack of basic skills is an issue not just for PolyCello, but for manufacturing companies across the province, the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Nova Scotia says.
On Thursday, the group held its 2015 Nova Scotia Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Recognition Awards in Fall River, where it released key findings from its CEO Roundtable Report.
The report stems from eight roundtable sessions and 14 separate interviews through March and May with more than 100 CEOs and senior…
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