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In a recent article, the Huffington Post highlighted an important workforce concern: the baby boomers are retiring and there is a lack of qualified young workers to fill their positions.In a recent survey, the Huffington Post identified the skills gap as the number one major issue in our modern workforce. Young people play a crucial role in closing the skills gap.

However, they grow up and are trained in a high-tech, dynamic era, hence their interests in traditional career choices are in desperate need of a motivational factor, and innovation can be the key to peak their interests. Today’s young workforce is attracted to the opportunity to work with companies that are highly innovative and know how to empower forward-thinking in their employees.

Many modern companies such as

Pratt & Whitney, IBM Canada Limited, and Bombardier, are known for having the latest technological breakthroughs and these types of employers draw the best of the budding workforce.

According to the same survey, 44% of the generation Y workforce are attracted to the Transport & Logistics sector, while Engineering & Construction and High Tech Manufacturing come in second and third, respectively.

Here is a list of the most popular career sectors:

  1. Transport & Logistics (44%)
  2. Engineering & Construction (41%)
  3. High Tech Manufacturing (39%)
  4. Industry & Manufacturing (36%)
  5. Raw Materials (36%)
  6. Motor Vehicle & Parts (34%)
  7. Energy (32%)

To put this into perspective, here is a directory of Canada’s most desired companies to work for in 2015, as selected by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and announced on the Financial Post. Many of this year’s winners focus on innovation as their growth strategy, and belong to the top three career sectors mentioned above.

  1. Canadian National Railway Company/CN
  2. CIBC
  3. EllisDon Corporation
  4. Enbridge Inc.
  5. Innovatia Inc.
  6. Kiewit Energy Canada Corporation
  7. Nature’s Path Foods Inc.
  8. Nuance Communications Canada Inc.
  9. Rogers Communications Inc.
  10. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc./TMMC