Sur­vey weighs in on Souris train­ing needs

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Souris res­i­dents want more in­for­ma­tion about train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, want their train­ing to be prac­ti­cal and hands on, and they would like bet­ter ac­cess to on­line cour­ses.

When asked about train­ing to im­prove their own em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion in a sur­vey re­cently, re­spon­dents men­tioned a wide range of prac­ti­cal cour­ses in health, small busi­ness, com­puter stud­ies and trades.

When asked their pre­ferred de­liv­ery method 59 per cent were in­ter­ested in on­line cour­ses, 40 per cent re­ferred night school and 38 per cent pre­ferred cor­re­spon­dence or self-study.

These are part of the find­ings from a sur­vey of train­ing in­ter­est and ca­pac­ity that was con­ducted for Ed­u­ca­tion 20/20 by. Sur­vey par­tic­i­pants in­clude cur­rent train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, em­ploy­ers, or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

In ad­di­tion, the sur­vey was dis­trib­uted to more than 2,000 house­holds and made avail­able through the so­cial me­dia.

Sur­vey re­sults will be used ty in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions en­gaged in plan­ning and de­liv­er­ing in­struc­tion for peo­ple seek­ing em­ploy­ment or wish­ing to up­grade their skills. The fi­nal re­port is avail­able on the Ed­u­ca­tion 2020 web­site.

Like other small com­mu­ni­ties, Souris faces the chal­lenges of a de­clin­ing pop­u­la­tion and a sea­sonal work­force; avail­able peo­ple to fill va­can­cies fre­quently lack needed skills, es­pe­cially skills needed to deal with spe­cial­ized equip­ment.

Adult ed­u­ca­tion and work­force train­ing are key com­po­nents of fu­ture suc­cess.

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