According to a study from Statistics Canada, older workers in 2008 were significantly less likely to participate in job-related training than their counterparts in the core working-age population. In "Job-related training of older
workers" by Jungwee Park, it is reported that, in the year from July 2007 to June 2008, 45% of workers aged 25 to 54 took at least one job-related course or program, compared with 32% of those aged 55 to 64.
Among the factors linked with significantly lower participation in training among older workers were lower annual income, low educational attainment, temporary employment and work in blue-collar or service jobs. Workers in the private sector, particularly those in goods-producing industries, were also less likely to take job-related training.
However, over the period since 1991 when statistics started being kept, the employer-sponsored training gap between older and core-age workers shrank appreciably. Between 1991 and 2008, the participation rate in employer-supported training among workers aged 55 to 64 more than doubled from 12% to 28%, while the training rate for workers in the core-age group, those from 25 to 54, increased from 29% to 38%.
Source: Statistics Canada The Daily (April 20, 2012)