TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's skills gap was a major
element of the last Federal budget, with the launch of programs such as
the Canada Job Grant that share the cost of training and upgrading
workforce skills with employers. But when it comes to an up-to-date skill set, who is responsible - the employer or the employee?
According to the most recent WorkMonitor study by Randstad, the
country's largest human resources and staffing company, 91 per cent of
Canadian workers hold the employer responsible for ensuring the skills
and competences of employees correspond with job requirements.
"This may in part be related to the fact that the study also revealed
that more than eight in ten Canadian workers feel that the demands on
employees are higher than five years ago," said Tom Turpin, President,
This has significant implications for Canada's skills shortage, as
employed Canadians would be less likely to pursue advanced training on
"Canadians already have the highest rate of tertiary college education
in the world," says Turpin, citing a recent OECD report evaluating
global education. "After years in school, for many there is an
expectation that they should be able to get a good job and a strong
career. That's simply an unrealistic impression in many professions."
However, while Canadians workers are among the most likely to expect
their employers to ensure their skills and competences are maintained,
they are also amongst the least likely in the world to believe that
formal education will become more important in their position, with
only 57% agreeing.
"Education and training is a serious investment for either a company or
an individual. It isn't an easy thing for a job seeker or worker to do
on their own, but many professions require it," says Turpin, speaking
about retraining requirements for technologies professions, or further
advancement required for financial designations like a CPA. "Canadians
who are looking for opportunities for training within their workplace,
or through their employer, need to start that discussion today."
Implementation of programs like the Canada Job Grant can take time, and
the Job Grant program announced earlier this year won't be instituted
fully instituted until 2017. However, the advantages of training and
promoting from within are very real.
"When you train someone and bring them up through the ranks it can be
beneficial to your employer brand. It can also be a very beneficial
cost savings, removing the need to engage in a more complex hiring
process, or train new employees on your internal processes," said
To ensure they are bridging the skills gap accordingly, employers need
to evaluate what processes or strategies will help them meet their long
term hiring and skills management goals. At the same time, Canadian job
seekers and workers need to plan for ongoing skills development to both
ensure they are prepared to meet the requirements of future job
opportunities, as well as to advance within the companies they
currently work for.
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SOURCE: Randstad Canada
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