There is growing evidence to support the provision of on-going training for all workers. While there is contested evidence about the number of career and job changes people can expect to have in their lifetimes, there is no doubt the rate of change is increasing. Rapid advancements in technology – and the nature and experience of work – mean workers need to be constantly updating their knowledge and skills.
The disruption caused by these changes mean many workers may also spend more time moving in and out of the workforce. During these periods continuing access to training will be important to ensure they are work ready for future job opportunities. Training is a critical part of an active labour market policy. Well trained workers are more productive and provide essential insight into innovation.
Improving access to training opportunities requires us to reconsider the models we have in place for the funding, provision and organisation of training. In a world where the acquisition of broad based knowledge is as important as core technical skills, is our current model of apprenticeship training adequate?
For example, Waterloo University in Canada has made huge progress in their region
by partnering with local industry and promoting entrepreneurship to ensure its education aligns with future developments.7
Is the current industry training/ apprenticeship system delivering the training needed?
Should employers be obliged to provide training in partnership with Government? How could the Apprenticeship System be developed to provide the skills and qualifications relevant to the changing nature of work?
7 More information about this is available here: https://uwaterloo.ca/about/what-we-do