Declining Versus Participating in Employer‐Supported Training in Canada

19 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2011

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Gordon B. Cooke

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MNU)

James Chowhan

McMaster University

Travor C. Brown

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MNU) - Faculty of Business Administration

Date Written: December 2011

Abstract

Although employer‐supported training may be beneficial to all stakeholders, some workers have difficulty accessing it, and a surprising number of workers decline some or all of it when it is offered. We present a conceptual model that uses four categories to define workers according to whether or not they are excluded from, participate in and/or decline training. Our aim is to examine the characteristics of workers in each category in order to better inform public policy. The study utilizes the Statistics Canada's 2005 Workplace and Employee Survey data set. We found that 44 percent of workers were ‘excluded’, in that they did not participate in nor decline employer‐supported training. A further 47 percent took all the training offered to them (i.e. are ‘takers’), whereas 3 percent were ‘decliners’ because they declined all of the offered training. Finally, the remaining 6 percent are ‘choosers’ because they both took and declined some employer‐supported training. Thus, 9 percent of Canadian workers declined some employer‐supported training in 2005. This was 16 percent of those who were offered training. Consistent with existing literature and dual labour market theory, our descriptive and multivariate regression results indicate that individuals exhibiting the characteristics of ‘primary’ workers are more likely to access and are also more likely to decline training than their ‘secondary’ counterparts. Considering the importance of training, these results have significant social and policy implications.

Suggested Citation

Cooke, Gordon B. and Chowhan, James and Brown, Travor C., Declining Versus Participating in Employer‐Supported Training in Canada (December 2011). International Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 271-289, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1963047 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2419.2011.00386.x

Gordon B. Cooke (Contact Author)

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MNU) ( email )

Faculty of Education
St John's, Newfoundland A1C 5V3
Canada

James Chowhan

McMaster University ( email )

1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L6
Canada

Travor C. Brown

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MNU) - Faculty of Business Administration ( email )

St. John's, Newfoundland A1B 3X5
Canada

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