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ChatGPT: Organizational and Labour Implications

ChatGPT, which stands for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, is a text-generating AI chatbot developed by OpenAI and launched on November 30, 2022. This briefing examines...

Participation in Skills Training: A Report from the Survey on Employment and Skills

The latest wave of the Survey on Employment and Skills, conducted in March 2023, revisits the issue of access to skills training. Three years after the onset of the pandemic, it finds that more workers are participating in work-related training to improve their skills, while training is becoming less focused on the management of the pandemic. It also shows that the most common type of training is that which focuses on workplace health and safety. The survey finds that working from home does not appear to have posed a barrier to skills training to date, as those who have switched to working from home are more likely than those who continue to work in their regular workplace to access training to improve their skills.

Levelling the Playing Field for Black Canadians

In this research, we look at how Black Canadian professionals’ social and emotional skills are valued in the workplace and how leaders can cultivate a workplace where everyone feels empowered and included. How do Black Canadians see their racial identity impacting the recognition and evaluation of their social and emotional skills (SES) at work? What are the risks of an employees’ skills not being recognized? What are the benefits of realizing the diverse skill sets within an organization? Read the impact paper to get the full analysis.

Employer-sponsored skills training: A picture of skills training opportunities provided by Canadian employers

This project used available data to synthesize what is currently known about the levels, types, and trends in firms’ training investments including which firms provide (and which employees receive) training, and the motivations and barriers firms face in providing training. The project showed that Canadian firms lag their international peers in investments in training; that larger firms are more likely to invest, especially those in knowledge & technology-based sectors; and that training is more likely to be offered to full-time, permanent employees in their prime working years with higher levels of education. 

State of skills: Effective employer engagement in skills development - From rhetoric to solutions

Supporting  employers in overcoming structural barriers to training investment is key to addressing labour and skill shortages.

Built to Scale? Microcredentials Use Among Digital Professionals

Using a novel labour market information source through LinkedIn profile data, this report assesses the current uptake of microcredentials in two digitally-intensive occupations: data scientists and software professionals.

Mind the Gap: Compensation Disparity Between Canadian and American Technology Workers

The significant compensation disparity between Canadian and American tech workers calls for renewed efforts to scale Canadian tech companies.

Navigating the Transition: Identifying Pathways to Careers in the Insurance Industry

Canada’s insurance industry is poised for significant growth in the coming years,even with the abundance of job vacancies already existing.

Examining Quality of Work in Grand Erie: an assessment of needs, gaps and opportunities

This project identified gaps in how employers, employees and job seekers within regions of Grand Erie (i.e. the City of Brantford, Six Nations of the Grand River, Mississaugas of the Credit, and Brant Haldimand and Norfolk counties) support and experience the quality of work. Income and benefits, career prospects, work intensity, working-time quality, skill development and social environment were examined.

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