How prepared are Canadians for a "learning future"?

August 3, 2008

A new Canadian Council on Learning report summarizes how well Canadians are prepared for a future in which learning and training are crucial. One of Canada's challenges is to produce a qualified workforce for a demanding labour market. Two-thirds of new job openings within the next decade will require PSE qualifications, access to which is increasingly barred by high tuition and overwhelming student debt loads. Canada also lacks a cohesive school-to-work pathway, which is essential as the typical PSE participants -- 18- to 27-year-olds -- have small pools of work experience to draw on. CCL