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Career Development in the Canadian Workplace: National Business Survey

In an effort to understand the state of career development in the Canadian workplace, CERIC commissioned Environics Research Group to survey 500 employers in the fall of 2013. The survey charts new territory with an in-depth look at the response of Canadian business to youth unemployment, the business view on just how real skills shortages are in this country, and insights on exactly how business is recruiting and training talent today.

Ch’nook Initiative

Founded by the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in 2002, the Ch’nook Initiative (originally Chinook) has focused on increasing Aboriginal participation in post-secondary business education studies in the province of British Columbia and Canada. Recognizing that new ways of engagement would be required, Ch’nook led the development of collaborative mechanisms and priorities by which successful partnerships with Aboriginal organizations, First Nations communities, post-secondary institutions and Canadian corporations were established to support increased Aboriginal participation in business education studies.

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.

Huron Business Centre

Offer one-to-one consulting on business practices and entrepreneurship, Business Start-up Guides, Business Planning and Decision Making, Self-Employment Benefit Program, Professional Mentorship Programs

John Molson School of Business -Career Management Services (CMS)

Geographical Region: Montréal and surrounding area Services Offered: Job search training skills, Job placement, Career counselling, Job posting board/website, Career resource library, Access to computers

Norquest College

Business Careers – We offer course in Business Administration and help students obtain jobs in the Business sector.

Shadd Business Centre

Services Offered: Career resource library, Job skills training, Access to computers; Other: training leading to a diploma in vocational studies in secretarial studies, accounting studies, starting a business.

St. Francis Xavier University Enterprise Development Centre

Established in the fall of 1997, the Saint Francis Xavier Enterprise Development Centre (XEDC) represents a partnership between the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Saint Francis Xavier University.

Stride (Supported Training and Rehabilitation in Diverse Environments)

STRIDE (Supported Training & Rehabilitation in Diverse Environments) is a non-profit, charitable, community based vocational rehabilitation program founded in 1983. STRIDE is the only Halton-based organization whose primary purpose is to serve the employment needs of individuals facing mental health and addiction issues.

The Digital Talent Gap: Are Companies Doing Enough?

Nearly all organizations would agree that digital talent is important and that they are aware of the digital talent gap. Our pioneering research in collaboration with LinkedIn however, suggests that although the majority of companies frequently discuss this gap, concrete action to bridge it is rarely taken. Close to 50% of the organizations we studied conceded they have not taken digital talent seriously. To probe this issue, we undertook a worldwide, cross-sector research program in collaboration with LinkedIn. We surveyed over 1,250 people to gain the perspectives of both employees and leadership teams and we interviewed human resource and talent executives within organizations as well as digital and technology recruiters. In parallel, we worked with LinkedIn to understand demand and supply for specific digital skills and digital roles. The research methodology at the end of the report provides more detail on our approach. With ever-increasing demand for skills, the talent gap has widened. The challenge of the digital talent gap is no longer just an HR issue; it is an organization-wide phenomenon that affects all areas of the business. The objective of this report is to guide Chief HR officers, other CXOs, and the Learning and Development (L&D) teams in addressing this challenge. In this paper we: 1. Identify key trends and changes in the digital talent gap arena and pinpoint the digital skills and digital roles in greatest demand in “The digital talent gap is widening” 2. Assess the key challenges that are preventing organizations from bridging the talent gap by exploring employees’ views in “Key talent roadblocks: the employees’ perspective” 3. Outline the best practices we can learn from leaders in the digital talent arena in “Proactive digital talent leaders have valuable lessons to offer” 4. Recommend strategies to more effectively recruit, develop, and retain digital talent in “What can organizations do to narrow the digital talent gap? ”   View

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