The Education and Learning department helps leaders work together to develop a skilled and innovative society that will prepare Canadians for today’s knowledge-based economy. We conduct leading-edge research, facilitate dialogue, recognize excellence and communicate results, creating maximum impact and change in Canada's educational practices and policies.
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.
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.