Education & Skills

The Conference Board of Canada helps inform and improve Canada’s education and skills sectors. Through independent and collaborative evidence-based research and analysis, we examine and address key issues in the country’s fast-changing learning ecosystems. Our work provides leaders with the actionable insights they need to build a stronger future.

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Recent releases

Bridging Generational Divides: Digital Skills in the Trades

Tradespeople identified seven core 21st-century digital skills that are needed to adapt to the future of the trades. These skills require knowledge of digital tools and interact with both trade-specific technical knowledge and social/emotional skills, which evolve over a person’s lifespan.

Summary for executives  |  4-min read
September 15, 2020

The Future Is Social and Emotional: Evolving Skills Needs in the 21st Century

More and more, employers require new hires who possess not only specialized knowledge and technical skills, but also social and emotional or “human” skills.

Summary for executives  |  4-min read
April 29, 2020

The Future Is Social and Emotional

Demand for skilled employees is not new, but the skills considered “in demand” have evolved. While developing skills is a life long endeavour, the skills that Canadians learn through post-secondary training are key to workplace success. But demand for social and emotional skills (SES) is growing. Are we doing enough to prepare Canadians for the evolving workplace?

Online experience  |  8-min read
March 31, 2020

The Future Is Social and Emotional: Evolving Skills Needs in the 21st Century

The most in-demand skills for today’s and tomorrow’s labour market aren’t technical—they’re social and emotional. Academic research and industry surveys on skills needs indicate that social and emotional skills (SES), or human skills, are critical for employability and career success. But are Canada’s education and training systems doing enough to prepare students for work?

Impact paper  |  38-min read
March 31, 2020

Mergers, Affiliations, and Consortiums

Like marriages, mergers between post-secondary education (PSE) institutions typically involve two parties, with considerable planning before assets are legally combined. And, in both cases, it’s almost always easier to get in than out. In Canada, our institutions are seemingly reluctant to “take the plunge,” compared to peer countries.

Impact paper  |  52-min read
January 23, 2020

Building the Future of Apprenticeships in Canada

There’s a revolution happening in skilled trades. The revolution is being sparked by automation, low carbon economies, digitization, and other emerging work trends. These new technologies need skills that are not usually at the core of a trade school education.

Online experience  |  8-min read
January 13, 2020

Upcoming events

The Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) will help Canadians prepare for, transition and adapt to new jobs and a changing labour market.

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Featured researcher

Matthew McKean

Director, Future Skills

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Custom research

Contact us to discuss new projects examining skills and education challenges facing Canada today.