April 2019: Projects Supporting Mid-Career Workers

Call for Proposals

Canada’s current skills development infrastructure offers few training opportunities for mid-career workers, yet this group will increasingly be impacted by labour market disruptions that will displace existing jobs, create new jobs that demand different skills, and change the trajectory of many Canadians’ working lives.

In many sectors and regions, labour market disruption is already occurring, leaving many Canadians in precarious economic positions without the support they need to build new skills, increase their capacity, and navigate an increasingly complex world of work.

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Key Dates

On April 2, 2019, the Future Skills Centre launched this open call for proposals for innovative projects that help fill gaps in training opportunities for mid-career workers.  

The call closed on May 2, 2019 and we received over 100 submissions from across the country. Ten projects were selected following an adjudication process by the Centre’s interim project sub-committee.

On July 9, 2019, we were delighted to announce an investment of $7.65M over two years in ten innovation projects supporting mid-career workers.

Adjudication

The adjudication was based on an established set of evaluation criteria, including:

Projects must be designed to address a clearly defined and well-specified need related to skills development challenges faced by mid-career workers as outlined in this call.

Projects should align with the Centre’s goals to create opportunities for underrepresented, marginalized and vulnerable groups and incorporate diverse knowledge, worldviews, and experiences.

Projects will use new approaches and ideas to answer questions that have not been previously answered. This could include:

  • testing promising approaches from outside of Canada;
  • using new tools or approaches that have not been widely applied in skills training;
  • using new platforms or approaches for consulting with target populations;
  • piloting an established approach with a new target population; and,
  • scaling a small-scale approach to rigorously assess its impact.

Projects must be positioned to add to the knowledge base and generate actionable evidence that contributes to a better understanding of how to strengthen Canada’s skills development ecosystem.

Project proponents must have proven organizational capacity to implement innovative skills development approaches at the scale and scope required and to participate in research and evaluation activities.

The budget of pilot projects will reflect their scale and complexity.

For more information on the Support for Mid-Career Workers Call:

  1. Download the Guidelines PDF (200 KB)
  2. Download the Application Instructions PDF (197 KB)
  3. Download the Frequently Asked Questions PDF (716 KB)

If you have questions about our call for proposals process, please email projects@fsc-ccf.ca.

Support For Mid-Career Workers

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CLIMB: Continuous Learning for Individuals’ Mid-career and Beyond

Mid-career workers are most vulnerable to disruption of the labour market but there is little widespread information, resources, or training to support a mid-career change.
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Transition to a New Tomorrow

Unique professional development program to support mid-career oil and gas workers
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BOLD: Better Outcomes in Layoffs and Downsizing

Retraining and skills development project for manufacturing and steel workers
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Supporting Mid-Career Workers with Disabilities

Assessing tools and resources for mid-career workers with disabilities
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Building the Skills of the Trucking Industry

The project will leverage virtual reality technology to deliver training in a way that complements varied learning styles. The virtual reality simulator is the first of its kind specifically designed for the trucking industry with AI technology and the ability to track the user’s eyes and enhance their driving skills in the unlimited replays.
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Learner Shock: Preparedness of Learning

Testing strategies for addressing “Learning Shock”
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Skilled jobs for Mid-Career Workers Through Work-Based Learning

Training to fill vacancies in the mold-making and injection-molding trades
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EDGE UP: Energy to Digital Growth Education and Upskilling Project

Digital upskilling project to transition displaced energy sector workers