Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 24, No. 2 - April 20, 2012
Authors: Jungwee Park
Collection: Research Materials
This study found that older workers are still significantly less likely to participate in job-related training than their counterparts in the 25-54 age range, even after taking labour market and socio-demographic factors into account.
Among older workers, rates of participation in training were significantly lower for those with lower annual income, low educational attainment, temporary employment, or blue-collar or service jobs, and for those working in the private sector, particularly goods-producing industries.
However, this Statistics Canada study points out that the training gap between older and younger workers shrank over time, with the training participation rates of older workers more than doubling between 1991 and 2008.
While almost two-thirds of the increase in the training participation rate of older workers can be attributed to changes in educational attainment and workplace characteristics, the author notes that there is also clear evidence of a general upward trend in the training rates of older workers.