Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to thank the witnesses for being here today. They are the first witnesses we have heard as part of this study.
To begin, it seems that there are two groups.
There are those who do not have the abilities and profiles needed to access the labour market and who have problems in life. I am thinking of what Ms. Broome and the people from the youth employment centres said.
Then there are those from the professional sector or the mainstream.
I will start with the professional sector and then go back to those who have difficulty accessing the labour market. I would like to go back to the example of welders.
Mr. Tadic, thank you for being with us today. It's Steven Blaney speaking. I had the chance to meet with you a few weeks ago in Ottawa.
You mentioned that the biggest issue is skills shortage. Can you give me an overview of what the skills shortage in the welding industry is and tell me a little bit about your Acorn program, which you have launched to fill it up?