By Pedro Barata
In these times of fundamental disruption and uncertainty, Canada is blessed with tremendous leadership and courage. Our governments are acting swiftly to shore up our collective health and wellbeing; health providers are selflessly providing essential care; the media is keeping us informed; and a remarkable array of workers in utility, mail and waste management, as well as retail, transportation and delivery, cleaning, etc. are ensuring that our essential needs are well taken care of.
To all these first responders and frontline workers we owe an immense measure of gratitude and respect.
While yielding to this essential first wave, we at Future Skills Centre (FSC) have focused our energy on building a strategy to support Canada’s shift into the “reset” phase of economic recovery. Helping prepare Canadians to get back to work, with the right skills to succeed now and into the future, will remain crucial in a continuously changing economy.
The FSC consortium — Ryerson University, Conference Board of Canada, Blueprint — are already working alongside our partners to adapt our current strategy and deploy new approaches to training, evaluation, research, and other practical tools that can help equip Canadians with the skills they will need in a rapidly changing times.
These are four components of our strategy, which will continually evolve as an overall recovery agenda starts to take shape:
Since launching just over a year ago, our pan-Canadian Centre has begun testing and learning from innovative approaches to training and skills development. While our core mandate is not going to change, it is also true that when it comes to skills changes, the future is very much now. Agile, innovative, and forward-looking solutions are going to be crucial to respond to uncertain labour market adjustments now, while keeping an eye to ongoing changes.
We look forward to working with you, our partners, as our strategy necessarily continues to evolve, adapt and shift. As has been said often in these times, and we hope will remain true well into the future, we’re all #InThisTogether.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pedro BarataFuture Skills Centre, Executive Director