Employers must start investing in skills training or risk having public policy nudge them along

David Munroe, Explorations in Learning, May 14, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've long considered this sort of item inevitable. The more employers argue that education should focus on skills development for employment needs, the more the onus falls on them to pay for that. So long as tuitions remain high and students pay the brunt of learning costs (not just tuition, but books and resources, time away from work, living expenses and the rest). "There is a troubling correlation between rising calls for PSE institutions to produce work-ready graduates and declining employer spending on training and development," says this article. "With corporate taxes as low as they are in Canada, and the pressing need to improve Canadians’ skills, there is no excuse for employers not to invest in training. Canada’s competitiveness and well-being depends on it."

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