raising is vital in stimulating the emergency of a training culture in
culture should be focused on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial
It is especially important that young people, employees in larger
and public-sector workers develop a better understanding of how business
working closely with the private sector through business associations,
can play a
vital role in raising awareness. More specifically, it can help to compile
stories and examples of best practices that can serve to inspire small
and encourage them to adopt similar approaches in their own enterprises.
private sector and all levels of government must work in partnership to
a better understanding among small businesses of the important
benefits arising from improved managerial and employee skills.
partnering is key to developing an entrepreneurially oriented training
initiatives work best when they are led by the private sector and
at the community level. The government’s role should be as a catalyst
it can help by contributing information, materials and technical
especially as regards best practices in skills development.
organizations (educational institutions, business associations, private
etc.) are already beginning to create local skills development networks. In
there are numerous private-sector training initiatives that are taking place
level throughout Canada. Moreover, the recently established Canadian
Development Board and its network of local affiliates are working toward
and strategic priorities in the area of training. As this activity
it will be important to find out what is going on elsewhere in the country
to share ideas
of training are emerging. For example, distance education is being used
especially as telecommunications technologies make this option
cost-effective. Many small businesses might benefit from the application of
techniques to their own skills requirements, especially in rural areas.
should be careful not to compete with private sector providers of
skills development. In this regard, skills development opportunities offered
FBDB should complement rather than compete with private-sector
Though the FBDB uses private-sector trainers and counsellors, it subsidizes
As a result, end users might find it cheaper to use a trainer through the
on the open market, even though it may be the same trainer. The net effect
could be to
distort the operations of the market for skills development.
are already numerous initiatives such as sector councils, labour force
boards, co-op and apprenticeship programs that are having an impact on
development marketplace, the government should restrict its role to
such initiatives where there is a significant demand for them.