Employers fall short when it comes to training

It’s a new type of social contract, says Malika Asthana, manager of strategy and public affairs for Canada at D2L in Toronto.

“People of all generations — particularly people who are a bit earlier in their careers, Gen Z and millennials — are interested in opportunities that will enable them to grow and see a path through themselves in the organization. And investment in skills development, on an ongoing basis, is a way to cultivate that trust with workers, and to say, ‘We are invested in your growth and you’re not just a worker for us’.”

The company spoke to a representative sample size of 400 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs, defined as those with 20 to 499 employees), business leaders and employees in Canada and the US in December, and it found that t. was a shortage of knowledge about upskilling.

“Over the last decade or so, Canada has really hollowed out in terms of our national statistical reporting on some of these things but t.’s a lot of anecdotal research that says that Canadian are not investing as much as US , and that we’re falling behind in terms of productivity,” says Asthana.

The survey also showed that while t. was a good amount of internal being conducted, employer support for outside or external education needs work. Twelve per cent (12%) of Canadian employees did this type of schooling in the past 12 months, despite almost three-quarters expressing interest (72%).