21 Century Learning Ecosystem Opportunities: Research and Findings

The 21 CLEO research findings suggest that participation in relevant and supported education and training initiatives can have positive outcomes for learners. What is needed is for participation to be acknowledged by employers and for learners to be able to see the possibility of advancement. These things can contribute to retention at a workplace.

Our research indicates that working learners will take advantage of education and training initiatives that are relevant and convenient for them to access, but that they might leave an employer if they do not see how such initiatives lead to advancement or if opportunities arise that better align with their needs. Employers need to create conditions for employment retention of highly skilled immigrant workers if they want them to stay, and those conditions should likely include access to relevant education and training opportunities, equity-minded mentoring, and other supports.