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September 9, 2013
New study targets trades training
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) is investigating skilled trades employers' return on training investment through a new study.
“We want to have a better understanding of the costs and benefits for employers who participate in formal essential skills training for their employees,” explained Emily Arrowsmith, CAF researcher and essential skills survey project manager.
Many small and medium-sized businesses lack opportunities to reflect on their training programs because they do not have human resources staff.
The CAF says survey participants can obtain a free profile of the costs and benefits of training for their individual business allowing them to understand their company’s return on training investment.
“We’re hoping that this information will help employers make more informed training decisions and we also hope that understanding the costs and challenges directly from employers’ point of view will help us understand maybe where employers need better support,” said Arrowsmith.
“We’re hoping that policy makers will be able to take this information and they’ll be better positioned to make decisions based on employers’ insight about where they might need help.”
Employers will be more informed and able to make training decisions based on the results from the survey.
Past return on training investment studies indicate employers value information from their colleagues and use it when making training decisions, says CAF.
The data will be collected from September to October through online, paper and telephone surveys and CAF is currently trying to spread the word about the survey to ensure maximum employer participation.
The survey targets any employer across the country, who employs a journeyperson and who offers formal literacy and essential skills training to their tradespeople in Red Seal trades.
Employer participation has been quite strong with CAF initiatives, but Arrowsmith always wants to see it grow.
“They’re so important and we do need to understand their business realities. It plays a huge part in making sure apprenticeship training is relevant for employers,” she said.
CAF hopes to have 400 employer completions.
The survey will take about an hour to complete, but employers have the option of completing parts of the survey in five to 10 minute blocks when it is convenient for them.
All answers are saved and when they have time they can complete additional parts of the survey.
R.A. Malatest and Associates, a private research firm, is implementing the survey on behalf of CAF.
For more information or to participate in the study, contact Arrowsmith at (613) 235-4004, ext. 201 or email her at email@example.com.
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