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.
Explaining Employers' Performance on Training and Skills Development
Read Dan Munro's blog on on firm-level reasons for weak investment in training and skills development.
Developing Skills: Where Are Canada's Employers?
Read Dan Munro's blog on the role of Canada's employers in the development of a skilled workforce.
Canadian Organizations Spending More on Staff Training: A Step in the Right Direction
Read the Conference Board of Canada's latest Learning and Development Outlook that reports on a modest reversal of the downward trend in the last two decades.
We have the credentials, but do we have the skills?
Read Dan Munro’s blog highlighting aspects of a forthcoming report on Skills—Where are we Today?
Canada doesn’t have a national education strategy. Can we talk our way through it?
Read the first in a series of articles profiling the Centre's work. In this piece, Diana MacKay and Carl Amrhein make a case for a national skills and PSE strategy.
Should Saskatchewan Build Knowledge Cities?
Read an article by Carl Amrhein and Diana MacKay on the case for cities and their PSE institutions to engage in shared strategies and initiatives.
Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education Develops Its Research Program
Read the news release announcing the Centre’s first investors meeting and its focus on research priorities.