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Aspire Atlantic

Despite increased employment potential in the Maritimes, low-income individuals continue to be disproportionately impacted by high unemployment rates.

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Future Skills Centre is investing $230,000 to support the design of Aspire Atlantic, a sector-based training model that has the potential to increase the employment, career advancement, and earnings of jobseekers in Nova Scotia and PEI.

Aspire Atlantic will explore how the WorkAdvance model, a sector-based training program from the US with a strong evidence base, could be adapted and successfully implemented in Nova Scotia and PEI. WorkAdvance is sector-based skills development intervention that identifies local sector demand and works with employers to develop skills training and job placements with the goal of moving unemployed persons or low-wage workers into middle-skilled jobs with advancement opportunities. 

Aspire Atlantic is intended to bridge the gap between the needs of employers and aiding workers to advance to higher skilled jobs. This is achieved through a sector-based skills development intervention that identifies local sector demand and works with employers to develop skills training and job placements with the goal of moving unemployed persons or low-wage workers into middle-skilled jobs with advancement opportunities.  

The Aspire Atlantic program, based on the American WorkAdvance model, will include intensive pre-screening of participants, sector-specific occupational skills training, supports for sector-specific job development, and post-employment retention and advancement services.

Evaluation

This project will be evaluated using tools and approaches aligned with its goals, context, and stage of development. The evaluation will focus on generating the right evidence at the right moment to move the intervention forward. Read more about our evaluation strategy.

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