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Training for Inclusive Economic Growth

Colleges and institutes play a vital role in ensuring that all Canadians have access to the skills they need to build meaningful careers.

Providing accessible, high quality post-secondary education is essential to promote inclusive economic growth and support those struggling to join the Canadian middle class. Providing training programs that focus on basic skills upgrading, essential skills, and technical and professional proficiency, is necessary to ensure that every citizen all over the world has the tools required to access meaningful work and contribute fully to their community’s prosperity.

Essential Skills

Providing essential skills training, as well as continuing education, is a critical part of the mandate of colleges and institutes. This allows them to help all Canadians, including those most vulnerable, access upskilling to build the foundations needed to succeed in the labour market. This increasingly includes digital literacy, which is necessary to adapt to new and disruptive technologies that are reshaping work in many sectors.

Providing essential skills training is also important for new Canadians and plays an integral role in successful immigrant integration strategies. These essential skills training courses are often offered in conjunction with affordable language courses, such as the federally supported Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. This important complement of skills sets up newcomers to Canada for success.

Education for Employment

Canadian colleges and institutes are internationally renowned providers of employment-focused skills training. Over the past four decades, CICan has worked with many overseas partners to help post-secondary institutions, and their students, around the world to benefit from this expertise.

CICan’s flagship international program, Education for Employment (EFE) offers support for developing countries looking to adopt an employment-focused approach to post-secondary education. EFE projects have been carried out around the globe, generating positive outcomes for governments, businesses, postsecondary institutions and students alike. By integrating labour market needs in applied education, EFE programs leave regions with a demand-driven Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system that sees more graduates employed and able to provide for their families.

Fast Facts

Essential Skills

  • One in five working-age adults in Canada lacks basic literacy and numeracy skills.
  • One in seven Canadians does not have sufficient qualifications for their current job

Education for Employment

  • CICan has worked in over 100 countries over the past 40 years to support employment focused higher education.
  • CICan’s international projects promote equal access to education for all, including women and vulnerable populations.
  • By helping partners teach the skills adapted to their countries needs, including green skills, CICan supports clean economic growth.