The Student Decisions Project is a research study that provides groundbreaking insight into how today’s young people make decisions about attending higher education. Over an ten-month period, we tracked a group of more than 200 grade 12 students from across Canada through a series of interviews conducted at various key stages of the decision-making process. This longitudinal data offers insight into how students obtain and use information about higher education, as well as the individuals and kinds of information that influences decision-making choices about institution and field of study. SDP explored questions such as: Do viewbooks matter? Is traditional advertising losing its effectiveness as social media diversifies? What messages resonate most strongly with different types of students? Can advertising be optimized for different demographics?
Our project is unique and distinct from other similar programs due to the number of partnerships we have established, internal support mechanisms for students, cultural sensitivity, and employment and graduation options. This program offers students an opportunity to validate any prior trade experience and comfortably re-enter the school system with the hopes of pursuing trade certification.
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.
Socially Responsible Innovation prize at the 2014 National Youth Employment Innovation Awards.
The Work Foundation seeks to transform people’s experience of work and the labour market through high quality applied research that influences public policies and organisational practices while empowering individuals. Through its rigorous research programmes targeting organisations, cities, regions and economies, now and for future trends; The Work Foundation is a leading provider of analysis, evaluation, policy advice and know-how in the UK and beyond.
The majority of all new Canadian jobs are part-time, temporary, on contract, freelance or self-employed positions. There’s no sign of this trend slowing down. In the arts and culture, tech, knowledge, not-for-profit and service sectors this is the new normal. Many of us love the work we do, but there is no reason for our jobs to be precarious. Most of these jobs come without things like parental leave, health benefits, or workplace protections; not to mention access to income security measures so you don’t go broke between jobs. We can change this.
The Institute for Employment Research (IER) is one of Europe’s leading centres for labour market research, established in the UK in 1981. The IER is concerned principally with the development of scientific knowledge about the socioeconomic system. It provides multi-disciplinary and multi-method research relevant to policy makers and practitioners. IER collaborates with leading research institutes in Europe on a range of cross-national comparative social science research. Collaborations and partnerships enable IER to undertake and develop large-scale surveys, to develop more effective comparative labour market analytic techniques and to undertake robust cross-cultural research on comparative and global labour market change
The WE Nav Program assesses the student’s skills, allows high school students to sit in on a university of college class, spend a day shadowing a job or career they may be interested in. It asks what employers are looking for and what employers expect.
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.