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Canadians expect employers to pay for skills training

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Staff writer ▼ | November 29, 2013
Canada employeesCanada's skills gap was a major element of the last Federal budget, 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, 91 percent 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. Canadians already have the highest rate of tertiary college education in the world. 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," said Tom Turpin, President, Randstad Canada.

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.

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.

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