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

Mid-career workers are most vulnerable to disruption of the labour market but there is little widespread information, resources, or training to support a mid-career change.

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Northern Lights College has developed the CLIMB project to increase mid-career workers’ interest in training and education and reduce their fears associated with the unknown. The goal of CLIMB is to help mid-career workers interested in a career change to take action towards obtaining additional education.

The Future Skills Centre is investing $754,315 in CLIMB, a two-year project in British Columbia’s North and South Peace River Service Region, including participants from Indigenous and Aboriginal communities.

Engaging approximately 200 participants, the Northern Lights College CLIMB program will provide support at three stages:

  • Identifying the type of re-training program – researching advice;
  • Selecting the right program – decision-making advice; and
  • Applying to the program – how to meet admissions requirements

A CLIMB online platform will help participants to identify the risks posed to their jobs by automation, their individual strengths, how their skills match with employers’ needs and will create a personalized skills training plan to gain access to admission amelioration courses and/or support.

Evaluation

This project will be rigorously evaluated using tools and approaches aligned with its unique goals and context. An evaluation plan is under development and will be shared in this space in the coming weeks. The evaluation will be linked to a broader evaluation strategy to ensure we are capturing the right evidence at the right moment to move the intervention forward. Read about our overall evaluation strategy.

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