Canada’s skills ecosystem is diverse, dynamic, and oftentimes disconnected. The Future Skills Centre is committed to working directly with stakeholders to listen, identify, and better understand the skills challenges Canadians are facing and how best to respond to them, as well as to support and facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing, and partnerships among stakeholders in the skills and training sector from coast to coast to coast.
Building on our expansive network of more than 150 organizations, the Future Skills Centre and its consortium partners are actively reaching out to diverse stakeholders. We are developing a bilingual and accessible approach to introduce and promote our mission.
The goals of this approach include:
- Informing Canadians about the Centre’s mandate, research plans, and investment strategy in the months and years ahead;
- Building awareness about how the Future Skills Centre intends to drive impact and systems change across Canada with communities facing barriers to skills training and employment pathways; and
- Developing and deepening our relationships with partners and stakeholders to design and build a virtual community of practice, map the skills ecosystem across Canada, and enhance our presence and deeper understanding of this burgeoning network by attending and participating in community events and initiatives.
Current and Upcoming Stakeholder Engagement Activities
Our stakeholder engagement activities all have the following overall objectives:
- Awareness: To raise awareness of the Future Skills Centre’s mandate across Canada among communities of skills stakeholders and demonstrate how we intend to drive impact on both the supply and demand sides of the education and skills continuum.
- Relationship development: To establish and build strong relationships with and among skills stakeholders, and to connect regional initiatives to a larger, evidence-based national future skills movement.
- Dialogue and content delivery: To drive a national conversation about the Future Skills Centre’s future skills programming and research through a continuum of interactive and accessible engagement opportunities and regional events and initiatives.
Skills Stakeholder Interviews
From June 2019 to August 2019
Drawing on its executive networks, The Conference Board of Canada is interviewing 50 skills stakeholders to:
- Establish relationships with education and skills opinion leaders;
- Build early awareness of the Future Skills Centre mission and among senior leaders; and
- Obtain feedback on the Future Skills Centre’s research plan and investment strategy.
Regional Soundings Tour
Starting November 2019
On behalf of the Future Skills Centre, The Conference Board of Canada is facilitating the Regional Soundings Tour, which aims to bring together Canadians who are actively engaged in the country’s skills and training community, as well as individuals interested in learning more about skills development and the future of work. These events will be rolled out across the country, in communities in every province and territory.
Each event will include a brief introduction to the Future Skills Centre’s mandate and objectives, with updates on its operations and activities. This will be followed by the facilitation of small group discussions with participants to discuss their thoughts and ideas about how the Future Skills Centre can best support their region today for workforce opportunities of the future.
The purpose of the Regional Soundings Tour is to:
- Build awareness of the Future Skills Centre mission among skills stakeholders;
- Expand regional networks of skills stakeholders and partners; and
- Inform the Future Skills Centre’s research plan and investment strategy.
One of our stops on the Future Skills Centre Regional Soundings Tour will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre on November 22, 2019. Click here to register.
The Conference Board of Canada will leverage their convening power to host an annual Future Skills conference, starting in fall 2020. This event will be an opportunity for diverse stakeholders across Canada to come together and participate in a day of learning and knowledge exchange about current research and innovative approaches to skills development, to network and build collaborative relationships, and to discuss key priorities to move forward in creating systems change.
Community of Practice
Magnet, a digital innovation platform, is building a new Community of Practice and community content feed, which will connect people and organizations across the skills ecosystem with information, ideas, innovative services, and tools. The purpose of this platform is to create opportunities for sharing and collaboration through Magnet’s evolving and growing network of networks. Learn more about our Community of Practice.