October 13, 2021 – The Future Skills Centre (FSC) today announces seven key partnerships with employers and industry groups to support skills development and research in sectors of the economy that are either at high risk of automation or that will be key to Canada’s future success and integral to recovery.
In line with the organization’s strategic focus to test approaches that anticipate and address labour market disruption, an investment of $14 million into these employer-led initiatives will bolster the workforce in priority sectors — by equipping workers with the skills they need to adapt to future technological changes and economic shocks, as well as reskilling and upskilling for new and emerging jobs in specific sectors and regions.
A vital component of these projects is to ensure skills training is relevant and accessible to diverse groups including women, racialized groups, and people with essential skills gaps. Programs will focus not only on technical training but also on building social and emotional skills and resilience.
We’re working with businesses and sectors across the country to address the need for new and different skills, since we know that skills must be at the centre of any solution to transform the workforce. We must also ensure that our efforts to advance an economic recovery are inclusive and tailored to the needs of vulnerable populations, who will increasingly face disruption and require support. Investing in tools and resources to upskill and reskill all of these parts of the workforce will be a ‘win-win-win’ for business, workers and equity.
– Pedro Barata, Executive Director, Future Skills Centre
About the Future Skills Centre
The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead. The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint, and The Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.
Eglantine RonfardCommunications ManagerFuture Skills Centrecommunications@fsc-ccf.ca647-262-3706