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Long-term Labour Market Scarring on Youth from Economic Shocks

Regardless of labour market conditions, some young people have a hard time transitioning into the labour market and are not working or training for extended periods of time. During an economic shock like a recession, challenges are heightened.

ELITE program for Black youth

Black youths gain access to hands-on learning and paid work-integrated training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and entrepreneurship.

STEM skills and an innovation mindset for youth

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

What works for work? Employment integration in youth service hubs across Canada

The project implements and tests the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) intervention among youth who are not in education, employment or training.

Upskilling Canadian youth for in-demand tech careers

Launching low-income, young adults into IT careers by providing professional and technical skills training, job placement, and five years of post-hire services.

Upskill and certify Indigenous child and youth practitioners

Create innovative educational opportunities that reduce barriers to Indigenous peoples’ participation and increase the number of Indigenous youth workers with postsecondary certificates who have marketable skills.

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.

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).

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