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Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education

The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE) is a major five-year initiative that examines the advanced skills and education challenges facing Canada today.

While education is a provincial government responsibility, improving the skills and post-secondary education system is a national priority. The Centre involves a broad collaboration of public and private sector stakeholders working together to think through the development of a national strategy.

The Centre addresses Canada’s advanced skills needs by helping to renew the roles, structure, activities and impact of post-secondary education, while ensuring Canada’s skills development and sustainability, competitiveness, and quality.

Skills Defined

We define skills in a broad sense:
A skilled person is a person who, through education, training and experience, makes a useful contribution to the economy and society.

Goals of the Centre

  • Create a Skills and PSE Strategy for Canada that embodies a shared vision for the future of PSE in Canada, specific goals, and actions to achieve the required changes in the medium- to long-term;
  • Track and report on the system’s performance in achieving the Strategy’s vision and goals;
  • Build a strong empirical base and foster dialogue among skills and PSE stakeholders to generate common understanding, shared purpose and collaborative action; and
  • Raise public awareness of the nature and importance of skills and the PSE sector to Canada’s economy, society and culture.

Success means creating a Skills and PSE Strategy for Canada that the many stakeholders will support and operationalize. This will require a combination of research, convening, and communications to stimulate evidence-based public understanding, and engage the key players in the PSE system, including senior management, faculty and staff, government, business, professional and regulatory associations, communities and students.

What’s New

WebinarA Climate of Possibility: The Unsystematic System of Canadian Post-Secondary Education
June 23, 2014

Employers Must Start Investing in Skills Training or Risk Having Public Policy Nudge Them Along
May, 2014

Explaining Employers' Performance on Training and Skills Development
April, 2014

Developing Skills: Where Are Canada's Employers?
March, 2014

Canadian Organizations Spending More on Staff Training: A Step in the Right Direction
February, 2014

We have the credentials, but do we have the skills?
February, 2014

Canada doesn’t have a national education strategy. Can we talk our way through it?
The Globe and Mail, February, 2014

Should Saskatchewan Build Knowledge Cities?
Sask Business Magazine, January, 2014

CSPSE Brochure Download the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education brochure (PDF)

Skills and PSE Strategy for Canada

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