The OCC and ESO Release New Report - Moving Forward Together: An Employer Perspective on the Design of Skills Training in Ontario
- Ensuring that government-funded programs are accessible to business, as well as minimizing administrative burdens on employers while protecting the integrity of the system.
- Providing flexibility in employer contributions so that small and medium-sized employers can participate.
- Making available flexible, employer-driven training delivery, which provides practical skills and work experience and can create better employment opportunities for groups under-represented in Ontario’s workforce - as well as help them transition into work.
- The report also identifies that as Ontario’s training system undergoes significant changes, there may be a dual opportunity to not only assist employers meet their skill needs, but to also help those who are precariously situated in the labour market to find better paths to employment. Research from other jurisdictions indicates that the direct involvement of employers in training can help more vulnerable individuals acquire the skills valued by employers.
“ESO strongly believes that a more responsive and flexible training system with meaningful employer involvement can benefit Ontario’s business community, while simultaneously providing economic opportunities lower-skilled adults and disadvantaged youth,” says Lesley Brown, Executive Director at Essential Skills Ontario.