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/ Listing Categories / Promising Practices

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.

A Chance to Choose

In this project, youth develop a permaculture garden for a women’s shelter, creating a lasting legacy for the community. Youth gain skills in Project Management, Marketing, Fund Raising, Communications and Financing a Project. The faith community, retired volunteers, large and small business, service clubs and local politicians are all contributors to this initiative.

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.

ASPIRES 2

This the second phase of a ten-year longitudinal research project out of the UK studying young people’s science and career aspirations. ASPIRES 2 will extend the unique dataset developed by the first ASPIRES study, which tracked the development of young people’s science and career aspirations from age 10-14 (from 2009-2013). For further details, please see the ASPIRES report. ASPIRES 2 is continuing this tracking over the crucial next five years of the young people’s lives, to understand the changing influences of the family, school, careers education and social identities and inequalities on young people’s science and career aspirations and, crucially, relate these to their actual subject choices and attainment in national examinations in Year 11 (GCSE) and their post-16 choices.

Balancing Strategies: Self-Directed Life and Career Exploration for Indigenous Students

Balancing Strategies is an interactive, flexible, and holistic program that utilizes culturally-relevant curriculum to support and guide the career success of Indigenous students at UVic. While the number of Indigenous students at UVic is steadily increasing, many local Indigenous communities are voicing concern that their graduates are facing significant barriers accessing employment despite their level of education. This is largely because many of the conventional career development options geared towards post-secondary students rely on models and approaches that defy the configurations of Indigenous students’ lives.

Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC)

The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) is a nationally recognized initiative, led by local and national foundations, to address the skills gap that leaves too many job-seekers and workers in poverty while employers are unable to meet needs for a skilled workforce. Launched in 2004, the BAWFC seeks to enhance economic competitiveness and reduce poverty by strengthening the ability of the workforce development system to meet the needs of employers and low-skilled adults. (USA)

Best practices in Human resources

Workforce regularly publishes white papers on best practices in various areas of HR, such as social media, training and development, talent management, recognition, benefits, etc. These documents are available for free.

Best Practices in Supported Employment

This site is designed to be user-friendly for job seekers, families, employers and support workers. It outlines the nine guiding principles of best practice for supported employment for the job seeker and support worker. The employer section focuses on the return on investment when hiring a person with a disability.

BizGo

Funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, BizGo is an entrepreneurial awareness project operating at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre on Benjamin Road in Waterloo.

Community Café

Through programs that promote healthy development in Spirit, Mind, and Body, the YMCA aims to provide youth with the opportunities for betterment in their own lives. The YMCA Community Café is doing just that, as it is a project executed by youth wanting to develop transferable skills and gain practical work experience. This Café is an initiative which teaches practical skills to those involved- preparing them with they employability skills that they will use their entire lives. The Café engages youth in a project in which they can take ownership, be dependable and be proud of their accomplishments.

Creating Futureproof Graduates

Creating Futureproof Graduates is a unique toolkit of resources created by Birmingham City University to help students develop a number of key skills which aren’t always addressed in the curriculum but which employers tell us are needed, giving students the ‘edge’ in the marketplace.

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