MONTREAL - PlastiCompetences officially was launched at Expo-plast '96, held Oct. 8-9 in Mon-treal. The Montreal group will coordinate and promote training in Quebec's plastics industry. PlastiCompetences is supported by the provincial government of Quebec and Canada's federal government, said Pierre Guimont, general director of the organization. It replaces the former Sec-toral Committee of the Plastics Industry of Quebec, but retains the committee's goals, he said.
Guimont said Quebec has about seven educational institutions that offer plastics training programs, but they do not graduate enough students to meet industry needs. Six of the institutions exhibited at Expoplast to try to boost enrollment.
As in the rest of Canada and North America, Quebec's plastics programs are not popular enough among young people, he said in an interview at PlastiCompetences' booth. On a per-capita basis, Quebec has an unusually high number of plastics programs in schools, probably the highest in Canada, he said.
PlasticCompetences is soliciting Quebec businesses' views on a recently completed national training survey. The survey, funded by Canada's federal government, urged industry to set up national training standards. The Society of the Plastics Industry of Canada is consulting with businesses in other regions for their views on the survey.