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The Innovation Lab

Many innovators go through a frustrating process of trying to develop and implement new ideas. FSC’s innovation lab makes it easier to innovate

The Lab is home to bold, future-focused ideas and the people behind them. We work with partners on solutions at their early-stages, when uncertainty is great and support is hard to find.

That means helping organizations test and adopt breakthrough solutions for the future of work by fostering a low-takes environment that encourages teams to be bold, take risks and experiment.

We welcome new approaches that aim to make major contributions to skills development. 

Our guiding principles:

The Lab experiments with business strategies and scales them based on results.

The Lab favours an appetite for learning and experimentation over the ability to deliver immediate outcomes.

Our focus is to address future problems, not simply present ones.

The Lab promotes increased innovation, sharing and collective learning.

The advancement of ideas is based on evidence and data.

Innovation is driven by diversity and opportunities for all.

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Testing new ideas

Several of our partners are exploring innovative, future-looking solutions. Our focus is less on immediate outcomes and more on experimentation and testing that generates learning and new ways forward. One of the lab’s key initiatives is the Accelerator program, which provides additional funding and support for projects in a low-stakes, nurturing environment so partners can test new or unconventional approaches.

For instance, pointA identified a need to help small- and medium-sized businesses to adapt to hybrid work environments and began developing a new product. By supporting these and other organizations in pursuing new ideas, FSC is helping to meet the challenges of an evolving labour market.

Learn more about the Lab:

Fostering breakthrough solutions in skills development
Trust and openness strengthen outcomes with FSC partners
Accelerator pilot program favours experimentation and innovation
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Partners engaging with the Innovation Lab

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

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ELITE program for Black youth

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Free education for an inclusive economy

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Remote work strategies for small businesses

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Shock-proofing skills for the not-for-profit sector

Current and future not-for-profit managers will gain knowledge and skills to build resilience and growth…
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New Brunswick digital career exploration

Youth explore in-demand career paths and connect with industry experts through virtual tours and workplace…
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Atlantic Autism Supports and Employment Network (AASEN)

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Newfoundland newcomer employment resilience network

Immigrants with skills in professional fields benefit from knowledge exchange, mentoring and networking to improve…
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Construction with a purpose

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Language learning for young newcomers

BCIT students pursuing skilled jobs receive English language training and content to support them in…
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Workforce 2030: Rapid upskilling for green building

More than 500 workers affected by the pandemic will benefit from training in the green…
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Aiming higher: Micro-credential training in aviation and aerospace

Innovative training and upskilling in the aerospace and aviation sector benefits workers and the industry.
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Empowering young moms in Northern Manitoba

Young mothers benefit from career exploration, development and skill building.
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Services to social impact

Young women will transition out of the services sector and into social entrepreneurship as this…
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Micro but mighty: micro-credentials for a recovering hospitality industry

Displaced hospitality and food service industry workers will gain micro-credentials to build skills and take…
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STEM skills and an innovation mindset for youth

This project develops STEM skills and an innovation mindset among youth.
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SOAR

This project is a bridging program for students and workers in Newfoundland & Labrador that…
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Craft

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The future of food through agricultural technology

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On the frontlines of crisis training program

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Futureproofing the PSW workforce

Personal support workers (PSWs) will engage in timely and accessible education, partnered advocacy, and professional…
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TIMES 2.0

This research will provide data that enables the Yonge Street Mission to better understand and…