Employees receiving training in their workplace

University graduates are the most likely to receive training

  • More than half of all employees received some form of training in 2005. The more highly educated received more training, particularly classroom training—67.5% of university-educated employees received training in 2005, well above the overall average. Likewise, 70.9% of professionals received training, the highest rate of any occupational group in 2005.

  • Although the overall training rate was virtually the same for youth and workers aged 25 to 44, the former tended to receive more on-the-job training, while the latter received more classroom training.

  • Those employed in finance and insurance, as well as in the communications and other utilities industries (e.g., postal and delivery services), had the highest rate of training, particularly classroom training. Industries with high classroom training rates also tended to be those that had previously reported high concentrations of computer users, the highest incidences of innovation and higher performance levels, as measured by indicators such as labour productivity, sales growth and profitability. Also, the larger the workplace, the more likely one was to receive training. Specifically, 45.0% of employees received some form of training in smaller workplaces, compared to 68.4% in larger ones.

Chart F.4
Percentage of employees receiving training in their workplace, by educational attainment, 2005

Chart F.4 Percentage of employees receiving training in their workplace, by educational attainment, 2005

Note: Some industries are excluded from the survey, such as public administration.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2005 Workplace and Employee Survey.
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