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ManufacturingGPS: Investment in Training

November 9, 2019 EMC TeamEMC Member Services

ManufacturingGPS – 2018 Labour Market Intelligence at your fingertips

Increasing the skill levels of our manufacturing workforce, and ultimately our competitiveness internationally, is clearly one of the biggest challenges facing today’s Canadian manufacturing sector. More, employers are reporting frustrations at not being able to hire skilled workers – as evidence the GPS Hard-Fill Vacancies LMI results for 2018 were discussed in our last blog.

Investment in training: 26% of the ManufacturingGPS employers are not supporting training activities

Many studies have shown a spending decline on training and learning activities in the last decades. ManufacturingGPS surveyed Canadian manufacturers in 2018 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 30% of the participating manufacturers (data from all Canada) are not investing in training activities.

Increasing the skill levels of our manufacturing workforce, and ultimately our competitiveness internationally, is clearly one of the biggest challenges facing today’s Canadian manufacturing sector.

ManufacturingGPS screenshot with the following question: In the past 12 months, did your company carry out structured learning activities to develop essential, technical or business skills?

You want to know how your company compares against the industry average. With ManufacturingGPS you can benchmark your organization’s training investment in 14 different sub sectors and regions – in real time. For example, Labour Market Information (LMI) is now available for manufacturers to compare their training averages against other manufacturers at the national, provincial and select regional levels.

Average spent on training activities in the Canadian manufacturing sector

With 26% of employers not investing in training, what about the overall average spent by firms in the Canadian manufacturing sector?  

ManufacturingGPS LMI results are showing that manufacturers (NAICS code 31-33 and Canada-wide) invest in average $372 per employee and per year in training activities. Customized reports for Canadian provinces and manufacturing sub-sectors are available with GPS access. For example, in Ontario, the average is slightly over the national average with $379.

Increasing the skill levels of our manufacturing workforce, and ultimately our competitiveness internationally, is clearly one of the biggest challenges facing today’s Canadian manufacturing sector.

ManufacturingGPS screenshot for the following 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)?

With research highlighting the economic benefits (Manufacturing Essentials Case Studies) of skills development activities and the skills gap being reported as 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.

In this case, how we can interpret these numbers? How do these numbers compare with all Canadian organizations? Unfortunately, very little LMI is available on training investment in Canada. However, data from 2013 Learning and Development Outlook Survey from Conference Board of Canada is indicating an average of $705 per employee for Canadian organizations (all economic sectors).

In our next blog, we will drill down on the top reasons why manufacturers are investing and not investing in training activities.

To get involved in ManufacturingGPS and receive free access to valuable LMI for the Manufacturing sector, all you have to do is participate in a short employer survey.

Once your GPS survey is completed – you will receive instant access to all ManufacturingGPS Benchmarking Reports.  

If your company would like to be considered as one of the participating organizations, please contact:  info@manufacturinggps.ca – and a GPS representative will contact you or register online, http://www.manufacturinggps.ca/Identity/Account/Register.

We look forward to your continued participation in ManufacturingGPS initiative!  If you require further information, please contact wgray@emccanada.org, or call 1-866-323-4362.

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