The majority of Canada’s young people (15 to 24 years) who graduate from post-secondary bachelor and diploma programs in business, management, or public administration go on to work in the public and private sectors in positions that require a strong mix of foundational business and human skills. But surveys consistently indicate that business schools are inadequately preparing new graduates for work. In addition, employers are increasingly demanding human skills but finding them to be in short supply among new hires.
However, business schools say that incorporating human skills training in classroom curricula is easier said than done, owing to challenges around assessing learning outcomes and meeting accreditation standards.
Are Canada’s Business Schools Teaching Social and Emotional Skills? presents some ideas on how Canada’s business schools may find new and innovative ways to bring human skills training into the classroom and to blend skills training and work as part of the learning continuum.