TORONTO - The Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association conducted a survey that found Canadian parts producers doubled the amount of worker training in three years. Toronto-based APMA found the average member company gave workers about 44 hours of training in 1995 vs. 22 hours in 1992. The average company responding to the survey budgeted about C$334,000 (US$244,000) for training in 1996. The amount represents about 2.25 percent of payroll expenses and 0.6 percent of sales.
No company reported a decrease in training since 1992 and about 92 percent said they increased training. Companies that tended to provide comparably more training tended to be nonunionized, Canadian-owned and small.
For details of the study, contact Pete Mateja or Ken MacDonald, APMA, (416) 620-4220.