Do you work in Canada as a contractor or are you self-employed? Perhaps you might participate in this study.

Do you work in Canada as a contractor or are you self-employed?

Perhaps you can volunteer to participate in this study of how contractors and self-employed workers learn within the contexts of their work. The study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

The research team is looking for people in a variety of contract jobs and self-employment, at various points in their career (early, middle, and later), and in a variety of roles, including skilled, professional, and project manager roles.

As a contractor or self-employed worker, you do not work as a full-time employee of the organization where you are placed. You may work for yourself or you might work for an agency that placed you in the other organization.

If you participate, you would:

  • Go through an orientation session, during which researchers would collect some background information about you and show you how to track your learning (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  • Maintain a log of your work-related learning outside of formal training courses over a period of three months (about 15 minutes per week)
  • Participate in an interview at the end of the three months (about 45 to 60 minutes)

This study offers some potential benefits. To you individually, it provides an opportunity to chart your learning journey and gain insights into the informal learning in which you participate and its role in maintaining and broadening your work-related skills. To the training and development community, this study provides insights into how particular groups of workers in different types of jobs learn informally within the contexts of their jobs, and can help training professionals better recognize the skills developed informally.

If you would like to participate in the study or learn more about it, please:

  1. Send an email message with the following information:
    • Name
    • Job
    • Best email address to reach you
  2. Verify that you currently work n Canada as a contractor or are self employed i
  3. Send to me, Saul Carliner,
  4. Use the subject line: Informal Learning Study

Thank you for your time. I hope you will consider participating.

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