ERIC Number: ED336551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Further Education and Training of the Labour Force. Country Reports: Canada. = La formation complementaire de la main-d'oeuvre. Canada.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Further education and training is well developed in Canadian public institutions and private trade or vocational schools. The federal government support is primarily devoted to the funding of institutional and industrial training. The federal, provincial, and territorial governments attempt to relate training to labor market needs. Corporations with education and training programs are the exception, and programs stress industry-specific training. An adult training survey showed that part-time and short-term training were the most prevalent forms. Although Canada's public institutions are designed primarily to meet educational needs of youth, a parallel system that caters to adult learners exists as an offshoot of this system. Surveys show that educational attainment and age are the strongest predictors of participation in job-related training and that hard-to-reach workers are more likely to take employer-offered courses. Education is a provincial matter; no national policymaking process for education exists. The main barriers to employer-sponsored training include a perceived insufficient return on investment, conflicts with production activities, and costs. Compensatory strategies are being introduced to reduce imbalances in the functioning of the education and training market. Institutions are trying to implement more effective and flexible delivery mechanisms, and the government is attempting to make training more accessible to targeted groups. (English- and French-language versions of the report appear on parallel pages.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal State Relationship, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Industrial Training, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, State Aid, State Government
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Note: For related reports, see CE 058 914-918.