Canadian PSE, trades leaders to study German, British best practices

March 11, 2014

Employment Minister Jason Kenney is leading a Canadian delegation on a “study tour” of Germany and the UK this week to learn from the countries’ education and skills training models. "[We want] to learn how we can apply best practices to Canada in order to improve our labour market system," says Kenney. Saskatchewan's Minister of Advanced Learning Rob Norris, who will join Kenney, explains, "We're at a stage where some fresh eyes and some fresh ideas may serve us very well when we begin to think about how we can be undertaking our work better."  CBC News points out that Germany’s dual vocational education/training system, in which students learn a trade for a few years and then go on to obtain a university degree, has been cited as one of the major factors in the country's economic success. CBC News