Participation in workplace employer-sponsored training in Canada: Role of firm characteristics and worker attributes
Authors: Kuan Xu and Zhengxi Lin
In this work, we study the role of firm characteristics and worker attributes in determining participation in workplace employer-sponsored training in Canada using the Workplace and Employee Survey (WES) of Statistics Canada. We attempt to answer the following questions using the rich information of firms that are available in WES data: Does firms’ provision of workplace training encourage workers’ participation in Canada? How do changes in market competition, organizational changes, and technological innovation affect workers’ participation in workplace training in Canada? We find that firms’ training provision significantly affects workers’ participation in Canada. We also find that increased international competition, organizational changes, and technological innovation are significantly correlated with workers’ training participation at workplaces. We note that workers in some sectors and in smaller firms have lower workplace training incidence and older, part-time, production and marketing/sales workers and workers with preschool children participate less in workplace training.
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