Many workers not offered training: Study

Recent immigrants most likely to accept training if offered
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2012

Nearly one-half (44 per cent) of Canadian workers do not have access to employer-sponsored training and, of those who do, 16 per cent decline some or all of the training they’re offered, according to a recent study.

Employees in part-time or temporary jobs (where women are over-represented), less-educated workers and employees of small and medium-sized businesses are the most likely to be excluded from employer-sponsored training, found “Declining Versus Participating in Employer-Sponsored Training in Canada,” published in the December 2011 issue of the International Journal of Training and Development.

“In the academic world, it’s well-known there is a substantial portion of Canadians shut out of employer-supported training,” said Gordon Cooke, an associate professor of industrial relations at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, N.L., and co-author of the study.