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Public, policymakers can now access the first set of Skills Next reports on key issues shaping the future of work and skills in Canada
Toronto, January 20, 2020 – Debates
about the skills Canadians need to compete in the 21st Century run rampant,
and so a series of reports that puts a spotlight on the key issues impacting
the future of work and skills in Canada is being released to the public. Through
Skills Next, a joint
initiative between Future Skills Centre and
Policy Forum, along with Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute in its role as
a research lead for the Future Skills Centre, eight reports will be published
over two weeks beginning January 20.
The series draws
from an expansive and highly diverse network of researchers and experts. Each
report focuses on one issue to provide a comprehensive review on the topic,
designed to illuminate the research landscape and current state of knowledge,
providing a better understanding of what we know on each topic, and identifies
areas in need of additional research. It is intended to help support further
research and strengthen policymaking.
Next reports are made available for policymakers, researchers, and the
wider public to spark further collaborations and inspire more independent
research. The first set of eight reports will be published over two weeks
beginning January 20 on the Future Skills Centre website at www.fsc-ccf.ca and the Public Policy Forum
website at www.ppforum.ca.
Key takeaways from these Skills Next reports include:
The first reports in
the series are:
Four more reports will
be released the week of January 27 exploring topics like the graduate skills
gap, the role of industry leadership in skills training, barriers to employment
for people with disabilities, and barriers to employment for immigrants and
racialized Canadians. Additional papers will be released in spring 2020.
We have an opportunity to make sure that the future of work is a good one for Canadians, and we believe that doing so successfully requires us to first gain a better understanding of what we already know about work and skills and, even more importantly, what we don’t.
Pedro Barata, Executive Director, Future Skills Centre
The Skills Next papers help build the enabling infrastructure that supports a foundation of high-quality research resulting in Canadian employees and employers being confident and preparing effectively for what the future of work will actually look like.
Dr. Julie Cafley, Executive Vice-President of the Public Policy Forum
Skills Next will provide a robust platform capable of enabling, encouraging and supporting ground-breaking research, both as part of the Future Skills Centre’s own research agenda, but also by the wider community of academic and community researchers, practitioners and policymakers working in this area.
Dr. Wendy Cukier, Director of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute
The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures 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.
Diversity Institute conducts and coordinates multi-disciplinary,
multi-stakeholder research to address the needs of diverse Canadians, the
changing nature of skills and competencies, and the policies, processes and
tools that advance economic inclusion and success. Our action-oriented,
evidence-based approach is advancing knowledge of the complex barriers faced by
underrepresented groups, leading practices to effect change, and producing
The Public Policy Forum builds bridges among diverse participants in the policy-making process and gives them a platform to examine issues, offer new perspectives and feed fresh ideas into policy discussions.
Eglantine RonfardCommunications Manager – Responsable CommunicationFuture Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futuresPhone: 647 262 3706Email: email@example.com
Tomek SysakCommunications Specialist, Public Policy ForumEmail: TSysak@ppforum.ca