Closing the Skills Gap: Mapping a Path for Small Business - Report of the Symposium on Skills and Small Business held on November 14, 2012 in Toronto (2013)

This report grew out of a one-day forum organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and with funding from the Department’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES). The forum brought together stakeholders from small businesses, industry and sector associations, and the learning and training communities.

Based on participants’ written responses and verbal comments, the authors have put together a series of core recommendations for promoting skills development within small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Recommendations include providing small businesses with a clear route into the world of skills development through relevant guidance and tools, in clear and simple language, housed in one area; helping to reduce complexity for small businesses in order to free up more time to invest in skills development; designing courses around demand linked to real challenges faced by businesses in certain sectors, and finding ways to reduce costs of implementation; and motivating employees and companies by showing them the benefits of training, and demonstrating the return on investment from developing skills.

In addition, the authors have provided a skills development roadmap that includes examples of best practices for each of the recommendations. For instance, one tool that helps clarify the process of developing training programs is a checklist offered by the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre, a federal-provincial initiative.

The authors note that SMEs constitute the largest number of businesses in the economy, and any plan for improving the skills of the domestic workforce must include a focus on SMEs.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Closing the Skills Gap: Mapping a Path for Small Business - Report of the Symposium on Skills and Small Business held on November 14, 2012 in Toronto 2013. Web. 26 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/ccc/skills_gap/skills_gap.pdf>
Canadian Chamber of Commerce (2013). Closing the Skills Gap: Mapping a Path for Small Business - Report of the Symposium on Skills and Small Business held on November 14, 2012 in Toronto. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/ccc/skills_gap/skills_gap.pdf
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