FREE Webinar: Is Workplace Essentials Skills Training Worth the Investment?

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 22, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST
Presenter: David Gyarmati, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

Recent research confirms that, indeed, workplace training can produce a substantial positive return on investment for workers, businesses, and governments.

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) recently released the final results from UPSKILL: Essential to Excel, a Pan-Canadian demonstration project measuring the impacts of workplace essential skills training on workers and firms.

In this webinar, learn about the study, which enrolled over 100 firms and nearly 1500 workers in the Accommodations sector across the country in eight provinces. The findings indicate that essential skills training led to large positive impacts on workers’ skills, job performance, employment and earnings, and a number of business outcomes of firms. A benefit-cost analysis also revealed a fairly significant positive return on investment. Importantly, the study also finds that the pattern of impacts vary significantly across businesses in ways that have important implications for the design and delivery of effective training programs. Understanding these factors can lead to policies that support both larger employer investments in workplace training and higher return on investment.

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David Gyarmati is a Research Director with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), with nearly 20 years of experience in labour market research and evaluation. This includes fifteen years of pioneering work with SRDC in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale experimental demonstration projects.

For the past four years, David has managed several pan-Canadian demonstration projects measuring the economic and social impacts of skills training and adult learning initiatives. This includes the national UPSKILL demonstration project that measured the impacts of workplace essential skills training with 1500 workers and 100 firms throughout eight provinces. The findings from UPSKILL provide the most compelling evidence to date of the potential returns on investment in workplace essential skills training. In addition to literacy and workforce development, David has authored studies in a wide range of areas including community development, income supports, and programs that use financial incentives to help disadvantaged Canadians make the transition to work.

David completed a Master of Arts in Economics at the University of British Columbia specializing in Labour Economics and Applied Econometrics.