ERIC Number: ED241718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
Learning for Life. Overcoming the Separation of Work and Learning. The Report of the National Advisory Panel on Skill Development Leave to the Minister of Employment and Immigration.
Canadian Commission of Employment and Immigration, Ottawa (Ontario).
Paid educational leave should become a regular feature of work life in Canada, according to the National Advisory Panel on Skill Development Leave. Following an eight-month study of the background and reasons for educational leave, the panel recommended that educational leave be established for the following reasons: (1) equity in allowing persons who initially reject further training to acquire it later in life; (2) the need to update skills in workers whose skills are becoming obsolete; (3) a reduction in unemployment by removing some persons from the work force; (4) granting individuals a time for growth that may result in economic development and innovation for the country; (5) the need to develop basic skills in some persons; and (6) planning for work force restructuring as a result of technological advancement. However, the panel recognized that barriers to the leave concept exist, such as cost, lack of child care, attitudes, schedules and policies of educational institutions, lack of information about adult education, and overly centralized control of Canadian employment centers. The advisory panel set priority participants for the program, i.e., women, native people, unemployed youth, disabled adults, immigrants, minority groups, and older adults, with special attention to educationally disadvantaged adults and those threatened with job loss and skill obsolescence. Finally, the panel made recommendations to be undertaken immediately and within two years to institute an educational leave policy in Canada. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Commission of Employment and Immigration, Ottawa (Ontario).