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Webinar on benefits, costs of essential skills training


September 9, 2014
By Ground Water Canada

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Sept. 9, 2014, Toronto – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will host a webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss how employers stand to benefit from essential skills training investments. The association's recent research examines the costs of and benefits to employers of investing in formal training among their tradespeople.

Sept. 9, 2014, Toronto – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will host a
webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss how employers
stand to benefit from essential skills training investments. The
association's recent research examines the costs of and benefits to
employers of investing in formal training among their tradespeople.

A lack of trade-specific data limits conversations with employers about the benefits of essential skills to anecdotes, said the CAF-FCA in its latest newsletter. Since employers care about the bottom line, this lack of evidence-based information related to essential skills is problematic. To fill this gap, CAF-FCA explored essential skills training in the skilled trades environment by conducting a two-phase survey among skilled trades employers. The purpose of the study was to determine the percentage of employers providing formal essential skills training and the costs and benefits of this training.

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This study builds upon CAF-FCA’s past work by substantiating the business case for training while also trying to provide new insights about essential skills. This research aims to help stakeholders have more informed conversations with employers about the return on training investment associated with essential skills.

Register here.