Evaluating the impact of taking further education after a layoff: Study


In a new report from Statistics Canada, Marc Frenette and Tomasz Handler explore the impact that taking short postsecondary programs or credits has on recently displaced workers. The authors draw on a variety of StatsCan data to track the change in worker earnings up to five years after experiencing a layoff. Participation in and graduation from a college or cégep certificate or diploma program after being laid off was associated with a notable increase in annual earnings five years after the layoffs, with a more moderate increase noticed among those who pursued individual credits. However, participation in micro-credentials or short non-STEM programs was not associated with any relative earnings gains, and graduates of micro-credentials “registered substantial earnings losses compared with individuals who did not enrol at all.” StatCan Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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