On Canada Day I posted about a report from the US on the impact of adult education on the American economy. I took a bit of flak for posting about the US on Canada Day, so let me make up for it by celebrating the 4th of July with a newly-released report from Canada on the very same topic.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (Canada) has just released, “The Business Case for Lifelong Learning and Job-Based Training”, a 28-page report on the economic impact of lifelong learning and adult education.
The report addresses:
- Workforce learning and development: A key lever of innovation
- The economic case for investment in workforce training
- The role of government in a competitive education and training system
You can download a copy of the report here: http://occ.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Workforce-Training-Report_Electronic.pdf
Here is a video (3:17 in length) that introduces the report: http://www.youtube.com/user/OntarioChamber?feature=mhsn#p/a/u/0/jyDt9k0NLCY
Although this report deals specifically with one Canadian province, it may be useful to reference in grant applications, position papers and other research, as it helps to document current trends in the field of literacy and in particular, the economic impact of lifelong learning and adult education.
So, Happy Canada Day (belated), Happy Independence Day. Wherever you are, celebrate lifelong learning and the positive impact it makes on our world!
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.