ManufacturingGPS 2017-18 Labour Market Intelligence at your fingertips: New 2017 ManufacturingGPS LMI results are showing that manufacturers (NAICS code 31-33 and Canada-wide) invest in average $541 per employee and per year in training activities*, representing an increase of 30% compared to 2016. Increasing the skill levels of our manufacturing workforce is clearly one of the biggest challenges facing today’s Canadian manufacturing sector.
With much research highlighting the economic benefits (one being EMC’s Manufacturing Essentials Case Studies) of skills development activities and the skills gap being reported a national issue by manufacturers, ManufacturingGPS LMI is showing that investing in training activities is still a “hard sell” in manufacturing and not necessarily a priority for a large percentage of employers – i.e. approximately 30% of the national audience.
Training Investment ManufacturingGPS Highlights:
- The new numbers are encouraging news; however, manufacturers are still behind Canada’s overall average of $889 (all sectors) per employee on learning and development in 2016–17, an increase of $89 per employee since 2014-15 - source: Conference Board of Canada.
- Many studies have shown the spending decline on training and learning activities in the last decades. Since 2016, ManufacturingGPS surveyed more than 2500 Canadian manufacturers to determine if in the past 12 months they supported any learning/training activities to develop essential, technical or business skills. The survey results are indicating that approximately 30% of the participating manufacturers (data from all Canada) are not investing in training activities.
- The main driver behind training is to narrow the skills gap of employees. Employers are providing training for both existing employees (86%) and new hires (52%). To become certified or maintain certification (64%) and to support career development (60%) are also in the top reasons for employers to offer training.
- Employers are still reporting frustrations at not being able to hire skilled workers – as evidence Applicants lack of skills required at 72% is number #1 cause for difficulty to hire and Applicants lack the work experience required at 59% is #2.
- Customized Reports available at the national, provincial and regional levels. For example, in Ontario, the average for 2017 is slightly over the national average with $592, an increase of $202 compared to 2016 – which was $390.
Last call for 2017 Survey and Access
If you are already a ManufacturingGPS participant and completed the 2016 employer survey, you simply need to update your data for 2017, which should take only 10 minutes. If you are a first-time user, the ManufacturingGPS employer survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes.
Upon completion, you will have immediate access to all LMI benchmarking reports and resources!
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*ManufacturingGPS training investment question: Over the past 12 months, how much did your company spend on these skills development activities (this can include amounts spent on external courses, internal training staff, salaries for workers while on training and administrative time to organize the activities)?