Canadian Mission to Study Training in Germany and the UK a Great Success

The National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) is pleased to have taken part in the Canadian mission to study skills training in Germany and the UK.

This mission, led by Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney, also included provincial government representatives (including Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education Rob Norris), leaders of business and labour organizations, Polytechnics Canada and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

A number of important lessons could be drawn from this mission.  The first was that the relationships between businesses and the education sector are much stronger in both Germany and the UK than in Canada.  Another lesson is that the vocational sector is more valued in these countries, making it easier to attract young people to these professions.  Finally, apprenticeships, internships and other work/study programs allow a better preparation of young people for the job market.

“The National Association of Career Colleges believes that our members are well positioned to partner even more with employers to deliver real training that leads to meaningful jobs,” said NACC’s CEO Serge Buy.  “With thousands of existing partnerships with employers already in place, an even closer relationship can be developed.”

NACC thanks Minister Kenney and Employment and Social Development Canada for their leadership during the mission.