Delegation brings home innovative ideas for Canadian skills training
GATINEAU, QC, March 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney,
Minister of Employment and Social Development, today wrapped up a
six-day visit to Germany and England to study the countries' training
During the tour, Minister Kenney and the delegation met with government
officials and business leaders to explore each country's approach to
skills training and how these approaches could apply in Canada. The
Minister also took part in roundtable discussions with stakeholders
from a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, education and
labour. The delegation toured training centres and met with students in
both Germany and the United Kingdom.
In Germany, the delegation visited businesses and educational
institutions to observe the country's famed dual system, which
integrates classroom education and work experience. Members of the
delegation also had the chance to speak with students and graduates
about their experiences.
In London, the delegation met with Doug Richard, who was instrumental in
advising the UK government on its recent reforms of its apprenticeship
training system. The delegation also met with stakeholders, including
members of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which
represents employers from various sectors and trade unions.
While in Germany, Minister Kenney and the delegation met with government
and business leaders, including the Federal Ministry of Education and
Research, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the
Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Employers'
Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry.
The Canadian delegation visited employers and educational institutions
such as the Stihl manufacturing plant, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative
State University in Düsseldorf and the Siemens Training Centre in
Berlin, where they had the opportunity to speak with apprentices and
observe the German training model first-hand.
While in England, the delegation also had the opportunity to speak
directly with apprentices and other students about their experiences
during visits to a further education college in Wembley and the British
Airport Authority Academy at Heathrow Airport, which offers an
innovative four-year engineering program in partnership with four
According to Skills/Compétences Canada, 1 million skilled trade workers
will be required by 2020. Canada will need 320 000 new workers in the
construction sector, 145 000 in the mining sector, 130 000 in the
petroleum sector and 360 000 in the supply chain sector.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. I was pleased to lead a delegation to study
Germany's innovative training system that puts employers at the centre
of the system, the recent improvements to the apprenticeship system in
the United Kingdom and how these international best practices can be
applied to create jobs and opportunities in Canada."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Economic Action Plan 2014
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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