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Skills Next Series

Canadians’ needs for skills training and education are changing quickly.

In response, the Public Policy Forum, the Diversity Institute, and the Future Skills Centre have joined together to publish Skills Next, a series that explores what is working in workplaces, universities, and the labour market – and where workers are falling through the gaps in our skills training system.

Our first set of Skills Next papers was released in January and February of 2020. Each report focuses on one issue — such as the impact of technology in the workplace, gig work, digital skills, and barriers to employment that some marginalized groups experience — and reviews the existing state of knowledge on this topic and identifies areas in need of additional research.

The next set of reports will be released throughout the summer 2020.

Skills Next—Summer 2020

  • Mapping the Landscape: Indigenous Skills Training and Jobs in Canada by Max Skudra, Andy Avgerinos and Karen E. McCallum
  • Understanding the Nature and Experience of Gig Work in Canada by Elle Ziegler, Karen E. McCallum, Katherine Porter, Reyhaneh Noshiravani
  • Competency Frameworks and Canada’s Essential Skills by David Gyarmati, Janet Lane, Scott Murray
  • Technology-Enabled Innovations in the Skills and Employment Ecosystem by Stephen Harrington, Wendy Cukier, Mark Patterson, Karen E. McCallum
  • Barriers to Employment: Gender by Tania Saba, Julie Cafley, Katie Davey, Valentina Sitnik, Ruby Latif
  • Small and Medium Employers (SMEs): Skills Gaps and Future Skills by Simon Blanchette and Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Skills Next—Winter 2020

On the Skills Next authors

The series is authored by an expansive and diverse network of researchers and subject matter experts carefully selected to provide a broad-range of perspectives within a Canadian context. Their varied backgrounds, experiences, and expertise have shaped their individual perspectives, their analyses of the current skills ecosystem, and the reports they have authored.

Skills Next is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

For more information contact:

Kathleen Powderly
Responsible Comms

Peter Aterman
Future Skills Centre – Communications Manager

Tomek Sysak
Public Policy Forum – Communications Specialist

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