Workplace training is and has been for decades across the world in a very poor state, especially when you start a new position at a company. I have had around 50% of the positions where I have started that offered extremely poor training, but I had not been privy to the labor market conditions at that age, but realized it later with experience and with labor market statistic available online and in print. The sad thing is the statistics show that the same companies who are providing little to no training, are also often the same companies that encourage policy-makers to import countless people from other countries with similar training and other aspects seen as beneficial to often clueless managers and policy-makers in government.
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The first clue that something was wrong came last August. Speaking at a policy conference in Kingston, economist Don Drummond said he had combed Canada’s labour market statistics looking for indications of a serious shortage of skilled workers – which Prime Minister Stephen Harper had called “the biggest challenge our country faces” – and failed to find any credible evidence if a misalignment between the skills of Canadians and the needs of employers.