Canadian firms lag in skills training

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Your organisation may or may not be one of them, but new research has revealed that most Canadian companies are lagging far behind international standards in terms of investing in skills training.

Canadian employers slipped to 20th place in terms of the priority employers place on employee skills training in a recent ranking jointly compiled by Industry Canada and Statistics Canada. Less than 30% of adult workers in the 25-64 age group received job-related education and professional development training in Canada, compared to 45% in the US.

Canada also sits behind the UK, Norway, Germany and many other European countries in overall job training. As a percentage of overall pay, US firms spend approximately 50% more on training than Canadian companies. “Companies are looking to hire employees with a certain level of skill and knowledge. However most companies are not injecting the time or money into on-the-job training,” Sandra Miles, president of Miles Employment Group in Vancouver, said, adding that the problem becomes part of a cycle as employers and employees alike face a gap in terms of workplace expectations.


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  • Cliff on 2012-03-08 11:17:25 AM

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