National Regional Sounding Tour: Report-back—December 2020

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National Regional Sounding Tour: Report-back—December 2020

Education & Skills

Author: Stephen Higham


  • Barriers to access—Rural and remote learners face challenges around distance, transportation, housing, Internet and/or computer access, and the availability/affordability of child care. And recognizing prior experiences of newcomers to Canada, eliminating barriers for people with disabilities, supporting mid-career workers, and addressing systemic challenges such as the urban/rural divide are all vital.
  • Lifelong learning—The nature of work is changing. Skill sets have shorter shelf lives. Workers need a lifelong-learning mindset to sustain their careers and adapt.
  • Experiential learning—Employers often face financial and administrative challenges to offering work-integrated learning and training, especially around the costs of taking on trainees.
  • Reconciliation in education—Many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit learners view training and education opportunities with skepticism. This is the legacy of colonization and residential schools. Reconciliation is a needed and ongoing process.
  • Foundational skills—When asked which skills are most in demand, stakeholders frequently highlighted social and emotional skills.
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This report-back reveals the most persistent skills, training, and education issues we heard from participants during the 2019–20 National Regional Sounding Tour. Issues are grouped into five major categories.

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