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The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is pleased to announce a new investment of $25.9 million in funding for the expansion of 10 projects that have shown early signs of success and the potential for wider impact through regional or sectoral replication, adaptation or broader scale expansion.
To strengthen skills development in Canada, FSC aims to support both workers and employers. We strive to foster innovation and identify best practices that can be adapted elsewhere to benefit various sectors and regions of the country. Given the scale of disruption and the need to accelerate solutions toward a recovery, we have committed to scaling 20% of the most promising ideas in the portfolio we built in our first two years.
These ten diverse projects have shown promise, such as through strong or accelerated completion rates, good job placement statistics, approaches that engage with employers from the start, and/or initiatives that combine wraparound supports with education and job training. Together these projects are making great strides, since they are driven by the demands of the marketplace and the needs of both employers and workers, and are thus crucial to a sustained recovery.
These projects move from aspiration to action – serving as models for skills development that can usher in a new era of economic prosperity in which all Canadians can share. Although the bulk of the projects are relatively new, they are already offering lessons on the best approaches to skills development. We are committed to sharing the findings gleaned from these projects, although we are still at the beginning of our learning journey.
Together with Blueprint, our consortium partner, we will be working closely with the project partners on designing evaluations that ensure reliable and timely evidence is generated from the implementation of expanded projects, especially related to what is working, for whom, and under what conditions. Embedded in this process is the dissemination of rapid insights and lessons to other practitioners, policy makers, and other groups.
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