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Understanding Future Skills: Case of the Montreal Aerospace Cluster

The report examines how organizations contribute to the development and management of talent at the regional level, with a specific focus on the case study of the Montreal aerospace cluster.

The report will examine how diverse actors in this cluster – including large-scale manufacturers, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the value chains associated with these enterprises, trade unions, training bodies, and government agencies – have developed practices that have led to a diversified talent pool. A key focus of the report is on the forms and methods of collaboration used by these actors to enable the cluster to collectively ensure that the skills required for production, research and development (R&D), and the optimization of value chains are present in the cluster’s workforce.

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Similarly, the ways in which these actors collectively anticipate future skills needs will also be examined. Stepping back from the specifics of the case study, the authors will also draw lessons and implications from this study of Montreal’s aerospace cluster for the wider Canadian context and skills strategies in other regions.

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The Future Skills Centre is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success and meeting the emerging talent needs of employers. As a pan-Canadian community, we bring together experts and organizations across sectors to rigorously identify, assess, and share innovative approaches to develop the skills and work environments to drive prosperity and inclusion.