Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Lessons from Other Countries Regarding Incentives for Employer-Sponsored Training

by Richard Brisbois, Nicole Pollack, Ron Saunders

Previous research by CPRN has found that Canada has underperformed in workplace learning compared to other countries.  Less than 30 percent of adult workers in Canada participate in job-related education and training, compared to almost 35 percent in the United Kingdom and nearly 45 percent in the United States.  Participation rates in employer-sponsored training in Canada and firms' spending per employee have remained virtually the same in recent years.  In addition, adult literacy levels in Canada have remained virtually constant over the last decade, with over 40 percent of adult Canadians lacking the literacy and numeracy skills they need to function well in today's economy and society.  Lessons from Other Countries Regarding Incentives for Employer-Sponsored Training focuses on countries with a record of above average employer investment in training and includes countries such as:  Denmark, Sweden, the United States, Finland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Release Date: 26 Mar 2009
Number of pages: 41
Document number: 51134