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Future Skills is part of the Government’s plan to ensure that Canada’s skills development policies and programs are prepared to meet Canadians’ changing needs.

Job-skills test program launched

The federal Future Skills Centre has announced the launch of a number of projects intended to test new approaches to developing skills for Canada’s workforce.

New and emerging technologies have an effect on every aspect of Canadians’ lives, including the workplace. Automation, artificial intelligence, robotics and clean tech are some of the many technologies that are changing the skills needed to succeed at work. These changes will also impact the way people develop skills and their ability to adapt and take advantage of new opportunities.

Working with Indigenous and Northern communities, newcomers to Canada, and young job-seekers; these test projects are experimenting with innovative and inclusive approaches to digital skills training, competency assessment models, career pathways, and employability skills development.

One of the test projects is a cooperative venture between the Indigenous ICT Development Centre and the FireSpirit and ID Fusion Software. They will develop approaches for paid training and work experience, job coaching and mentorship in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Winnipeg and The Pas, Man.

Though demand for talent is high, Indigenous people are extremely underrepresented in the ICT sector. The Indigenous ICT Development Centre will work with Indigenous youth and underemployed people. It will develop approaches for paid training and work experience, job coaching, and mentorship, within their home communities in Manitoba.

Another of the test projects is the 'For-Credit InSTEM Program'. It will be developed in partnership with Indigenous community leaders, local school boards, Elders, and industry partners. The project will work with youth in their home communities in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and northern Alberta to determine how a locally and culturally relevant approach to building digital literacy can break down workforce barriers for Indigenous and northern youth.

For more information, visit the Government of Canada webpage: Future Skills Program.  




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