Future Skills Centre invests $7.65M to transition displaced workers


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Innovation projects will test and evaluate approaches to support thousands of workers facing career transitions.

TORONTO — Mid-career workers displaced by technology or other factors will get some help retraining and improving their skill levels.

Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences is investing $7.65 million in 10 innovation projects that will help identify the best training opportunities for mid-career workers.

The centre, funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program, says the projects, from skills assessment platforms and apprenticeships, to upskilling via a virtual reality simulator, will allow thousands of Canadians to participate in testing these approaches to skills development.

Many of these projects will engage mid-career workers in specific sectors that are experiencing, or are at-risk of, disruption and displacement, and help to identify ways to transition them into high-growth job opportunities. Others will explore common denominator barriers to successful career transitions and improving current services.


Examples of projects include:

• In Calgary, exploring training types to help prepare and connect highly skilled oil and gas workers with high-demand jobs in the growing tech sector

• In Nova Scotia, assessing the effectiveness of a virtual reality upskilling program for professional truck drivers

• In Oshawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, identifying the specific skills needed by at-risk auto workers to transition to high-demand jobs in the mold-making and injection-molding trades.

• Testing training models that would upskill cashiers and meat processing workers across Canada for higher skilled jobs in the food and retail sectors.

• In Manitoba, assessing enhanced training programs for adult learners who experience “Learner Shock,” including feelings of frustration, confusion, and anxiety about mid-career transitions.

• Exploring upskilling opportunities that best support mid-career workers with disabilities across Canada, who are particularly vulnerable to displacement in today’s changing labour market

Full project descriptions can be viewed here.



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