Understanding the need for targeted workplace learning strategies (2006)

Lessons in Learning – February 17, 2006

While there has been greater recognition in recent years of the value of workplace learning, issues regarding inequality of access need to be addressed, according to the authors of this paper.

They note that the most educated workers in Canada receive the most training, but the less educated workers are twice as likely to report that any training they received helped them achieve positive results. Also, participation in training declines with age, and older workers are more likely to be paying for their own training. Workers in larger firms engage in more formal job-related training than those working in smaller firms.

To help employers retain older workers and to cope with looming skills shortages, older workers must have an opportunity to participate in workplace training, the authors note. However, this is part of a larger issue of finding ways of encouraging older workers to remain in the workforce.

Ways must also be found to sell low-skill workers on the benefits of lifelong learning, including the reduction of cost barriers they face.

Initiatives undertaken by sector councils in Canada show that there are innovative ways to increase the amount of formal training that smaller enterprises can offer, the authors say. Such training must be expanded and adapted to make it accessible to small firms in a variety of sectors.

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