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Listed below are examples of innovative programs, organizations with unique missions and other transformative ideas in the field of career development. Promising practices are gathered from around the world. If you know of a promising practice that is not listed in this directory, you are invited to add it.

Parents as Career Coaches

Parents are the single greatest influence on their child’s education and career decisions. That’s why the Department of Education offers Parents as Career Coaches, a program offered at no cost to parents and guardians of junior and senior high school students across Nova Scotia. This program equips parents to better support their children in making informed and successful education and career choices.

Accessibility for Specialized Populations in One-stop Employment Centres: Best Practices from the UK, US and Australia

Wendy Bancroft of it’s about us research presented findings from the Centre’s study on Accessibility for Specialized Populations in One-stop Employment Centres: Best Practices from the UK, US and Australia.

Kocihta eMentorship

The Kocihta eMentorship pilot will help close Canada’s Indigenous education and employment gap by increasing the confidence of Indigenous youth and empowering them to pursue a career that unites with their passions and skills.

Legacy Careers Project

The Legacy Careers Project was a five day programme of career enrichment activities for schools in East London. The programme ran from June to December 2013 with students moving from Year 8 to Year 9. It provided information and activities to support students to better understand their future career options. The project takes its inspiration from the Olympic Games and is informed by the opportunities offered by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This paper sets out the findings of an evaluation of the project conducted by the International Centre for Guidance Studies. The evaluation concludes that the project was successful. Evaluators noted the delivery of an effective and coherent career learning programme that aligned well with best practice in the sector.

New Ontario government policy: early career learning in schools

A new Ontario government policy to get students thinking about careers well before they finish high school could change their futures.

Youth Guarantee

The objective of the youth guarantee is to help young people gain access to education and employment. Successful execution of the youth guarantee requires cooperation among national and municipal authorities, the business sector and organisations. Methods of implementing the guarantee include measures related to the educational guarantee, the skills programme for young adults, employment and economic development services for youth (PES) and rehabilitation services, including municipal social and health care services and other individual services for young people, such as youth outreach work and youth workshop activities.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP)

The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) in partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami began research to develop a comprehensive inventory of Essential Skills (ES) initiatives for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project’s (FIMESIP) goals are to better understand the state of practice with respect to ES initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada and to share these insights and lessons learned with the larger community of practice. Through FIMESIP, we have identified factors (Markers of Promising Practice) that contribute to the success of ES programming and resource development. The Markers, Inventory, Case Studies and an Evaluation Toolkit are available on this site.

Jobs for the Future: High Schools Team Up with Employers

[United States] At Jobs for the Future, we believe all high schools can benefit from partnering with employers, colleges, and the workforce system to build seamless pathways through college and into technical careers. And thanks to funding from Youth CareerConnect, 25 to 40 school districts will soon join this growing movement.

Issue Brief: Social and Emotional Learning in Canada

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a framework for developing social and emotional competencies that is gaining interest in Canada and the United States. The purpose of this issue brief is to provide an overview of the field of social and emotional learning in Canada, particularly within the education system. It presents a concise synopsis of recent research on the need for and the benefits of SEL initiatives, along with the findings from consultations with a cross-section of leaders and others working in the fields of SEL and mental health promotion.

The BC Employment Program Hub Tutorial

We built the tool with the practitioner in mind; it is designed for you to input some key information about a client to produce a list of programs that may be suitable for him or her. However, one of the things we’ve been reminded of through this development process is that the array of programs, services and eligibility requirements is very complex, as they can differ from funder to funder and program to program. We were definitely challenged to come up with a tool that was quick and easy to use, but sophisticated enough to account for all variations in the way that employment programs are structured across the province.