In times of prosperity and of recession, Albertan employers require access to workers with the right skill sets. However, they face a variety of challenges in obtaining the workers with the skills they need. This report continues the Conference Board’s October 2018 Building Skills Connections Series: Alberta in a Nutshell.1The first report in the series provided a broad overview of skills supply and demand in the province and explored the disruptors that are shaping future skills needs. The goal here is to examine the state of skills in seven key sectors of Alberta’s economy.
Canada’s employers are looking for advanced human skills (social and emotional intelligence) in new hires but are finding them to be in short supply. Because business schools are important conduits between young people and work, this report examines what bachelor and diploma programs are doing to provide young people with the human skills employers increasingly want and need.
The first in a series of reports on skills needs in Alberta, this report examines the state of skills gaps in the province and lays the groundwork for more in-depth analysis.
In 2017, university and business leaders met to discuss gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary education and the private sector in Canada. This report explores insights and recommendations shared at that meeting.
This report offers insights into how partnerships and communities of practice can improve the connection between K–12 and PSE educators in the arts, humanities, and social sciences—to the benefit of educational institutions, educators, and students.
The “barista with a BA” trope dominates popular discussion about graduates of social sciences and humanities post-secondary programs. This report examines post-secondary education’s role in improving the transition to employment for these graduates.
This updated look at the state of skills and post-secondary education compares Canada’s performance with 15 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
International post-secondary students offer much value to Quebec: educational, social, cultural, demographic, and economic. But Quebec isn’t recruiting as many of them as it might. This briefing suggests how the province could attract more international students in an increasingly competitive global market—and then smooth their path to immigrating and joining the workforce.
What skills and credentials will B.C. employers need in the next 10 years? This report presents findings that will help ensure that B.C. has an educated, productive, and skilled workforce.
Globalization is transforming post-secondary educational institutions (PSEs), with increasing numbers of post-secondary students enrolling in institutions outside their home country. This report explores how globalization is affecting Canada’s PSEs.
This report provides a summary of key findings from the Conference Board’s Quality Network for Universities 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Through ResearchImpact, universities are using knowledge mobilization to generate socially useful research and to provide it to decision-makers, policy-makers, and practitioners, in collaboration with community, industry, and government partners.
For over a thousand years, the dominant model of post-secondary education (PSE) has featured knowledgeable instructors lecturing students in a physical classroom setting. This is termed the “Sage on the Stage” approach to learning.
This briefing looks at Cork (Ireland) and its “learning city” initiative, which brings together Cork’s two higher education institutions, along with other stakeholders, to support community-wide well-being, economic development, and social inclusion.
University of Saskatchewan’s Master of Northern Governance and Development program has played an important role in building leadership capacity in Northern Saskatchewan. It was designed with Northern stakeholders to be relevant to a Northern context.
Senior administrators at the six major publicly funded post-secondary education (PSE) institutions in Edmonton have formed a collegial coalition, demonstrating cooperation on shared issues.
The Europass initiative offers a standardized format for job seekers to present their skills in a way that employers can easily understand. The initiative provides a model that Canada should consider to address its learning recognition challenges.
Brazil has tried to address its income inequality, in part, through the education system. However, some of its efforts have had mixed results, providing a valuable case study of higher education as an instrument of social equity.
By exploring the achievements and missteps in Russia’s higher education reforms, this study is intended to inform future policy-making in Canada.
This report examines the role and value of private career college (PCC) training, with a particular emphasis on who seeks out training from PCCs and why. It also examines key issues that permeate the sector and provides recommendations for improving Canada’s PSE system.
This briefing focuses on how Norway fostered regional development of its North with UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and how Canada could adapt the lessons to address its similar Northern skills and labour market challenges.
Massive Online Open Courses were expected to change the nature of higher education, and they have—but perhaps not as expected.
This report explores the contradiction of rising levels of educational attainment coexisting with weak alignment between skills and labour market needs.
This briefing discusses how innovative approaches used by the Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project (AAHP) can inform future Canada-wide collaboration to improve apprenticeship training.
This Spotlight Study looks at Université Laval’s online learning program.
This briefing profiles Ontario’s School Within a College program. It is one response to the question of how to better support at-risk students in their transition to post-secondary education.
New Zealand’s Tertiary High School helps at-risk students remain in secondary school, pursue post-secondary education, and transition to employment. It is an innovative response to a problem Canada shares.
China’s engagement in global markets means educational standards are critical to its students and economy. This briefing studies how recruitment and retention of world-class professors in Chinese universities have urged competitiveness in human resource development.
OntarioLearn employs a model that balances educational flexibility, efficient delivery, and accessibility of courses by fostering collaboration and cooperation among Ontario’s colleges and institutes.
What is the state of Canada’s learning recognition system today? This study (15 years after the initial study) finds that we still have much to gain by recognizing immigrants’ learning credentials.
Partnering for Performance is designed to help Canada’s education, business, government, and community stakeholders understand the value of PSE-business partnerships, and develop and operate ethical, effective, and mutually beneficial collaborations.
This briefing examines reforms to Germany’s respected apprenticeship system and offers three lessons that Canada can use to reform its own apprenticeship system.
Mobilizing College Students for Learning Abroad examines how SAIT Polytechnic is making strides to overcome barriers to education-abroad opportunities through its participation in the Global Education Network and other initiatives.
This report examines the employment opportunities and outcomes of PhD holders inside and outside academia, the state of professional skills development for PhD students, and examples of professional development initiatives in Canada and peer countries.
This briefing highlights an international partnership between the business incubation centres of Ryerson University in Canada and the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute India that seeks to improve the research commercialization ecosystem of both universities.
Studying abroad can provide opportunities to develop leadership, self-reliance, languages, and intercultural understanding. This briefing looks at Australia’s New Colombo Plan and offers lessons for Canadian post-secondary institutions and policy-makers.
Collaboration between researchers and entrepreneurs is crucial to research commercialization. The McMaster Innovation Park is shedding light on the benefits of co-location, innovations in commercialization, and improvements in research parks.