Investing in skills: Effective Work-related learning in SMEs (2011)

This report summarizes common traits identified in work-related learning programs successfully implemented at 45 Canadian and international small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The authors note that while there is no single strategy for making work-related learning a success, analysis shows that effective learning programs often align learner needs with organizational goals; build flexibility into learning programs; and forge partnerships that support learning.

Even SMEs that have implemented effective learning programs report finding it a challenge to allocate the required time and money, or to successfully engage employees in learning, the authors say. However, they persevere because they want to develop individual technical competencies, support organizational changes, or attract and retain qualified workers.

Appendices offer further detail about the effective learning programs, including a table that compares the 45 SMEs in terms of geographic region, size, sector, learning inputs, and learning outcomes.

This document was prepared by the Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS), a business/labour organization that promotes and facilitates the exchange of knowledge to address workplace skills development in Canada. For more information, please click here: http://www.workplaceskills.ca.

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Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS). Investing in skills: Effective Work-related learning in SMEs 2011. Web. 18 Jan. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cws/investing_in_skills/investing_in_skills.pdf>
Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS) (2011). Investing in skills: Effective Work-related learning in SMEs. Retrieved January 18, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cws/investing_in_skills/investing_in_skills.pdf
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