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New Technology and Training: Lessons from Abroad


  • Leon Muszynski
  • David A. Wolfe


This paper examines the implications of new programmable technology for the future skill requirements of the labor force and the adequacy of existing training policies in Canada. Following the Economic Council of Canada's finding that there is little evidence of major skills development on the part of Canadian industry, this paper examines other alternatives. The training systems of Japan, West Germany and Sweden are surveyed and the major lessons from each synthesized. It is unlikely that the approach of any one country could be implemented wholesale in Canada, yet elements of each might be profitably adopted. Overall, employers in Canada would do well to realize that the benfits of programmable technology appear to be greater where there is a heavy emphasis placed on the planning and implementation of high quality training.

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  • Leon Muszynski & David A. Wolfe, 1989. "New Technology and Training: Lessons from Abroad," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 15(3), pages 245-264, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:15:y:1989:i:3:p:245-264

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    1. Lars Vilhuber, 1999. "Sector-Specific Training and Mobility in Germany," CIRANO Working Papers 99s-03, CIRANO.
    2. Lars Vilhuber, 1999. "Continuous Training and Sectoral Mobility in Germany, Evidence from the 1990s," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 68(2), pages 209-214.

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