The Government of Canada Budget 2017 has a major emphasis on “Skills and Innovation.” It recognizes “Innovation starts with a skilled, talented and creative people.” There is recognition that education is not enough to keep current and capable in an increasingly competitive global economy with rapid technological changes including automation. Continuous learning is a
Continuous learning is a Canadian cultural imperative for workers to be adaptive, resilient, capable and employable throughout their working lives.
Continuous Improvement has to be core to keeping companies competitive in the world of Creative Destruction. Alberta businesses are not immune to this reality but many of the mindsets around the past successes of our energy sector breeds a lot of indifference to this reality.
GO Productivity’s innovative industry collaboration (PAAD) is determined to improve safety, productivity and internal competitiveness of Alberta’s energy, industrial construction, and manufacturing sectors by enabling adoption of best practices…including continuous improvement through continuous learning.
Continuous learning is the obvious means to continuous improvement but not enough Alberta businesses have this embedded in their corporate culture. The key to continuous learning is a competent workforce, not just a “qualified” workforce. Competency means workers are able to actually do their jobs safely, productively, with reliable quality and collaboratively with others.
Budget 2017 recognizes “Innovation is changing the way Canadians work.” There are significant Budget 2017 policy pronouncements that support the GO-PAAD efforts towards more productivity, innovation, collaboration and competency. They include:
- Make training opportunities more accessible to working Canadians;
- Increase the number of Canadians participating in work-integrated learning;
- Increase business investments in training
- Double the number of high-growth Canadian companies in digital, cleantech and health.
- Increase late-stage venture capital for growing firms;
- Help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses
- Streamline tools to attract and support high-quality business investment to accelerate and expand roles for Canadian firms in regional and global supply chains.
If you are encouraged by these initiatives and can see how you can benefit from them, contact us at GO Productivity. We can help you start and be successful on your productivity, innovation, continuous learning and sustainability journey.
It’s your business…Only better! Looking forward to hearing from you.