Authors: Martin Kennedy
Collection: Research Materials
Because of increased competition, diminishing fish stocks, and a rising Canadian dollar, many fish plants in Atlantic Canada have had to down-size or even close completely in recent years, laying-off hundreds of workers. This case study focuses on employees of the Clearwater Fish Plant in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, who, having been laid-off from their jobs, enrolled in an essential skills enhancement training program in an effort to secure alternate work. In this case study, the author describes the learning paths of these workers, discusses what triggers prompted their engagement in both formal and informal learning strategies, and examines their decision-making processes and actual engagement in such training. The study begins with a short description of the formal training program, which was the catalyst for the learning path of these fish plant workers.