Canada has a skills challenge, and the response to it is mission-critical for the future of the economy.
75% of Canadian employers say they can’t find employees with the skills they need for available jobs. Despite high levels of youth employment, there are still some 50,000+ jobs each month that remained unfilled.
Large numbers of people who enrol in apprenticeships and skills programs don’t complete their requirements — and the situation is getting worse, not better. Less than a fifth of those who start an apprenticeship program in Canada finish their training within the designated period, although completion rates vary significantly by trade.
Exacerbating the skills challenge is the fact that Canada’s birth rates are low. The economy now relies on the contributions of skilled newcomers, yet many newcomers find it difficult to secure recognition for their skills and competencies, even if they have been certified in another country.
Microlearning, competency-based learning and micro-credentials could be effective responses to this challenge.
This webinar will explore the potential of microlearning and micro-credentials linked to competencies as a way forward.
By taking part in this webinar, you will be able to explore:
- What the skills challenge really is, and the six skills gaps we need to close
- What microlearning looks like and why it may be helpful if linked to competency assessments and learning profiles
- Where micro-credentials could fit into a skills development system
- The MOOC providers and firms that are offering their own products and services in the skills space
- What the future may look like for competency-based hiring, assessment and gap-based learning