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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.

Partners for Youth – Financial Literacy pilot project

The Counselling Foundation of Canada awarded a two-year grant to Partners for Youth (PFY) in 2011. The mission of PFY is to engage youth in New Brunswick facing challenges and obstacles in their lives to become capable, connected and contributing members of their communities. Partners for Youth achieves its mission through innovative programs and services which promote experiential learning in safe, supportive and rewarding environments, in collaboration with public, private and not for profit partners. Part of the funding is earmarked to support a two-year Financial Literacy pilot designed to help youth-at risk who are enrolled in alternate education sites to learn about budgeting, saving, credit, investing and financial planning issues that are connected to both their educational outcomes and real life situations.

Pathways to Youth Employment: Roadmap for creating a youth employment program

A new manual supported by CERIC and funded by The Counselling Foundation of Canada offers a roadmap for how to create a successful youth employment program. Developed by FoodShare Toronto, the manual presents insights into its Pathways to Youth Employment program and placement model along with a breakdown of its policies and procedures, including administrative and marketing templates.

Promising Practices in Aboriginal Human Resources

The Aboriginal Human Resources Council has gathered the most promising practices in terms of recruitment, retention, advancement and training of Aboriginal human resources in Canada, and showcases them on their website.

Second Chance

The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development’s Second Chance is a one-year program that uses entrepreneurship models, business concepts and the art of planning as tools to assist youth (Ages 15-30) in conflict with the law in gaining the skills needed to become successful in life.

Skills 4 Success

This is an initiative out of the Northwest Territories. The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is leading the Skills 4 Success (S4S) Initiative, which is taking a systematic look at our adult and postsecondary education, and skills training programs, supports, and pathways. We want to improve employment success for NWT residents, close skill gaps for in-demand jobs, and more effectively respond to employer needs. This initiative is driven by labour market evidence, best practice research, and informed stakeholder input and feedback.


SkillWorks is a multiyear initiative to improve workforce development in Boston and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of helping low income individuals attain family supporting jobs and businesses find skilled workers.

Sobey School of Business Development Centre / Options: Overcoming Poverty

Winner of the Multi-Barriered Youth Innovation Award at the 2014 National Youth Employment Innovation Awards.


Start is a UK-focused innovative and easy-to-use careers guidance software helping young people make better and more informed choices about their career path. Connected to live labour market information and course data, Start allows users to create a personal profile which generates suitable jobs, qualifications and new destinations to explore. Ideal for schools and colleges, students and parents, Start is free to use.


Startup is a non-profit organization that provides self-employment support for offenders, ex-offenders and anyone who has come into contact with the criminal justice system and has found it to have an impact on their chances of employment. The re-offending rate of Startup clients is under 5% in comparison to the national average of 65%. (UK)

Store 54 – Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Store 54 is a business development incubator for people between the age of 16 and 30. The initiative provides a downtown main street store location for young people with a business idea to develop, test and refine. This initiative follows the principals of Adult Education, just-in-time learning with no set curriculum. As learning needs are identified, participants are directed to resources, experts and mentors.

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