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October 2006
Vol. 7, no. 10

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Training through the ages
Cathy Underhill

  • In 2002, approximately 1 in 3 employees aged 25 to 64 participated in formal job-related training.
  • Fewer older workers (aged 55 to 64) than younger workers (25 to 34) took training in 2002. They also spent less time doing it (60 hours versus 190). However, a greater number of older workers participated in 2002 than in 1997, increasing their hours as well.
  • In general, workers with a university degree were more likely to take training than those with a high school diploma or less, as were those with a higher versus lower household income.
  • Seven in 10 workers who engaged in job-related training received employer support of some type. The odds of receiving employer support were significantly lower for older employees and those with a university education. Odds were higher for full-time workers, the unionized, and workers with longer tenure.

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Cathy Underhill is with the Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division. She can be reached at 613-951-6023 or

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