Education (EDUC) 210

The Canadian Training System (Revision 1)

EDUC 210

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded course(s) HRMT/EDUC 310

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

EDUC 210 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Education 210 is a three-credit, junior-level introduction to the Canadian labour market training system. Labour market training comprises policies, programs, and activities intended to result in an adequate number of appropriately trained workers. In Canada, the labour market training system has four main components: postsecondary education, government labour market policy, employer workplace training, and community education.

The Canadian training system is often criticized as ineffective. This course suggests that this critique may reflect a lack of appreciation of the political nature of labour market training, wherein multiple stakeholders seek to achieve conflicting interests. This political analysis of labour market training (i.e., who benefits from it and how) provides important context for the technical information (i.e., what happens and how is it done) also contained in the course.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to gather, analyze, and use information about labour market training in your jurisdiction. Understanding what information is available and learning how to apply it to real-life labour market issues is an important skill for making evidence-based decisions. Of particular interest is how this data can reveal how our training experiences differ based upon our ages, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. We will focus specific attention on the training experiences of women, Indigenous Canadians, and immigrants.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Canada’s Training System
  • Unit 2: Postsecondary Education and Apprenticeship Training
  • Unit 3: Labour Market Training Policy in Canada
  • Unit 4: Workplace Training and Learning
  • Unit 5: Community-Based Education and Training for Teaching and Learning
  • Unit 6: Conclusion

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to

  • define the four main fields of labour market training in Canada;
  • explain how labour market training intersects with other areas of labour relations and public policy;
  • critique the operation of the Canadian labour market training system with particular attention to the experiences of women, Indigenous Canadians, and immigrants;
  • utilize data about labour markets and labour market training to inform decisions about training; and
  • demonstrate competency in oral and written communication skills, including how to properly acknowledge the sources of information.


This course requires you to complete three telephone quizzes, two written assignments, and a final examination. To pass the course, you must have a composite (i.e., overall) grade of at least 50 percent and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final exam.

Evaluation Activity Weighting Timing
Telephone Quiz 1 10% After Unit 1
Telephone Quiz 2 10% After Unit 2
Written Assignment 1 25% After Unit 3
Written Assignment 2 25% After Unit 4
Telephone Quiz 3 10% After Unit 5
Final Examination 20% After Unit 6

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Barnetson, B. (2018). The Canadian labour market training system. Edmonton: Athabasca University. (PDF)

All other materials for this course can be found online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the EDUC 210 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) or greater on a 3000-word essay that responds to four given questions. Credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, January 7, 2019