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Skills Matching and Opportunities in Wood Manufacturing

The Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC), with support from the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC), launched the Skills Matching and Opportunities in Wood Manufacturing project to address the gap between job seekers' desires for viable and desirable career transitions and the recruitment challenges faced by the wood manufacturing sector.

From data to decision: AI training and professional certification

The project was a short, online certified program in artificial intelligence (AI) for professionals and leaders offered by IVADO in collaboration with the University of Montreal. The project aimed to address the current and future needs of the labour market for AI skills, and to provide a flexible and customized learning experience for the participants.

On the Frontlines of Crisis Training Program

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increased demand for food production and distribution services from non-profit community service organizations, and an increased need for workers with the right mix of skills to meet this demand. In response, Weston Frontlines Centre created the Frontlines of Crisis Training Program, a 15-week hybrid training program to prepare young people with skills relevant for food production and distribution in the non-profit sector. 

Skills, Explore, Achieve, Revive (SOAR)

The second-largest occupational group in Newfoundland and Labrador, comprising trades, transport, and equipment operators, faced significant challenges during COVID-19. To meet local labour market needs, the Murphy Centre team created the SOAR (Skills, Explore, Achieve, Revive) program to provide free and accessible tutoring and counselling services to support retention of early career tradespeople and their longer-term career advancement.

Resilience Digital Marketing Prototype

Business owners from equity-deserving groups were among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of them were forced to pivot their businesses online and needed to quickly develop or sharpen their digital marketing capabilities.  

eCampusOntario Micro Credentials: Getting People into Programs and into Jobs

Launched in 2021, eCampusOntario's micro-credential portal addresses skills mismatches in the labour market by offering short, industry-relevant learning programs. It has attracted over 40,000 unique users.

DMG Studio Startup Social Finance Resource Toolkit

There is a lack of representation of BIPOC, women and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples in the games development industry. Marginalized communities need specific skills to succeed in this burgeoning sector of the economy. 

Atlantic Autism Supports and Employment Network (AASEN)

Although research has shown that neurodivergent individuals can be highly engaged and productive employees, autistic individuals in the Atlantic Region are significantly underrepresented in the labour market. To address this issue, Autism Nova Scotia created the Atlantic Autism Supports and Employment Network (AASEN).

Creating a Microlearning Model for the Canadian Mining Industry

The mining industry is suffering from labour shortages that are expected to worsen. The industry needs to invest in training to ensure that new and existing workers gain and maintain the skills to do their jobs effectively. However as mining is a 24-hour operation, it leaves  very little room for workers to step away to participate in training. 

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