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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.

E-Learning and Website: Project Plan (On-line and In Person Career Counselling)

  A three-year grant from the Counselling Foundation of Canada was awarded to Queen’s University Career Services in 2007 to support the An Integrated Model for On-Line and In Person Career Counselling project. Queen’s is one of Canada’s leading universities with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, spirit and diversity. Their mission is to prepare students and recent alumni in three areas, counselling, employment assistance and career information.

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.

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.

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.

CYBF Newcomer Mentoring Guide

  The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) received a three-year grant in 2009 to support and expand its Newcomer Entrepreneur Program in Toronto, Halifax, Montréal and Vancouver. The CYBF Newcomer Entrepreneur Program provides specialized resources and support to young entrepreneurs who are new to Canada. CYBF is a national charity dedicated to championing tomorrow’s entrepreneurial nation-builders.