Continuing education can play major role in closing Canada's skills gap, says Ryerson dean

January 4, 2016

July 14, 2015—Marie Bountrogianni, Dean of Ryerson University’s G Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, writes in the Huffington Post that continuing studies must play a vital role in closing Canada’s skills gap. According to the Conference Board of Canada, Canada loses $24.3 B annually in economic activity because employers cannot find employees with the right skills. However, a recent survey by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling found that only 29% of Canadian employers offer career management programs, although 71% said they believed employers should provide such programs. Building on these statistics, Bountrogianni lays out six ways in which continuing studies can play a vital role in addressing Canada’s skills gap. Huffington Post