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webcast highlights: training and development in a recession

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 28, 2009 by ruyoung

in a webcast from the canadian management centre, the message was loud and clear: do not have a pity party about the state of the economy – support your people and retrain. now is an opportunity to prepare for strong positioning during recovery.

our society tends to employ a fear cycle (media –> gossip –> fear –> less productivity–> workplace changes) which makes people fear the worst. the recommendation is to break it by investing in employees though effective and swift communications, fostering solidarity through innovation, and developing employees. someone referenced maslow’s hierarchy of needs in that if someone fears losing their job which could lead to losing their home, they aren’t going to rock the boat at work. people who are fearing their jobs think that they are the ones who might get the next pink slip. why tip the scales with a bold idea if they think their ideas aren’t welcome? eliminate that fear and welcome ideas. keep employess comfortable and eliminate turnover and fear mongering.  invest in the employees now for a greater return later. it will be the people on staff that bring us out of these economic times. the government merely sets the stage.

and i was particularly pleased to hear someone saythat training is a process, not an event. you cannot train someone and expect immeidate changes. entraining employees by setting the stage and allowe them to practice their new skills and apply them on the job. offer support and reinforcement along the way. check in with them to see how they are doing or what they may need.

now is an opportunity to prepare for strong positioning during recovery.

training and development in a recession

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by ruyoung

in the midst of downsizing, layoffs, and stimulus packages the training industry needs a reminder of just how crucial the right kind of training is necessary to survive the current downturned economy.

the canadian management centre will host a free webcast titled training and development in a recession: what smart organizations do to survive in challenging times. 12:00pm to 1:00pm est.

the free webcast, promising prescriptive wisdom and proactive actions, will focus on:

  • Results of AMA and Ken Blanchard Company research on the effects of downsizing and the impact of training upon organization performance
  • “non-negotiable” skills/competencies that are critical to organization survival
  • Key insights into successfully managing through difficult change
  • Justifications for increased spending on training in lean times

though this is free, registration is required.

training a large portion of federal budget

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by ruyoung

the canadian federal budget was tabled by jim flaherty today. between training and employment insurance there is about $1.8billion earmarked, laid out as:

Enhancing the Availability of Training

Budget 2009 will create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development by:

  • Increasing funding for training delivered through the Employment Insurance program by $1 billion over two years.
  • Investing $500 million over two years in a Strategic Training and Transition Fund to support the particular needs of individuals who do not qualify for EI training, such as the self-employed or those who have been out of work for a prolonged period of time.
  • Providing $55 million over two years to help young Canadians find summer jobs.
  • Supporting older workers and their families with an additional $60 million over three years for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and expanding it to include workers in small cities.
  • Responding to skilled labour shortages with $40 million a year to launch the $2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant.
  • Providing $50 million over two years for a national foreign credential recognition framework in partnership with provinces and territories.
  • Investing an additional $100 million over three years in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) initiative, expected to support the creation of 6,000 jobs for Aboriginal Canadians.
  • Investing $75 million in a two-year Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.

now, the majority of that is for EI, which i won’t deny is necessary, however, they only program in this list that isn’t exactly new is the strategic training and transition fund. this is key so that self employed individuals and others who do not qualify for EI can get some support, and $500million is a fair chunk of change.

the entirety of budget has come under scrutiny by the members of the pending coalition government. the next few weeks will be key to whether this funding for training and small businesses will surface in time to make a difference in our economic slump – or at least a difference that doesn’t leave very deep scars.

a $1.5billion investment for skilled trades in ontario

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 26, 2008 by ruyoung

skilled trades and education were clearly the two winners in the ontario provincial budget announcement this week.

the skilled trades shortage is growing every day, and by 2030 ontario alone will be short nearly 360,000 skilled trades workers – these are the folks that help to build our libraries, maintain our schools, install plumbing in our condos, and lay down the cable for our internet everywhere.

the ontario government announced an investment of $1.5billion for a skills to jobs action plan, which includes $75million to increase apprenticeship programs, $355million over 3yrs for a second career strategy that will help 20,000 unemployed workers transition into new careers and well-paying jobs in growing areas of the economy, and $200million for colleges to purchase modern equipment for apprenticeship training and for maintenance and renewal of university facilities.

“we made a choice, we’ve chosen to invest in skills and training. we have chosen to invest in education.” said provincial finance minister dwight duncan.

with this announcement, the provincial government has also asked that richard florida study the changing composition of ontario’s workforce and economy.

this is all very good news for the state of education and skilled trades in ontario.