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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.

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.

DiverseCity – The Greater Toronto Leadership Project

DiverseCity launched in 2008 to change the face of leadership in the Greater Toronto Region. Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance knew that a more diverse leadership was required to create a stronger and more prosperous city region. Together, we initiated an annual research report to map and track the levels of diversity in leadership. The first annual report established the benchmark for our city. In 2009, only 13% of the city region’s leadership were visible minorities vs. 49.5% of the population studied. To address this gap, we  created a series of action-oriented leadership development initiatives enabling hundreds of new leaders to emerge across the public, corporate and nonprofit sectors.

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.

Embracing Inclusion

Helping community based, non-profits advance inclusive leadership from best intentions to best practices Is your nonprofit interested in advancing Inclusion and Diversity? The embracing inclusion project may be an important opportunity for your organization. The Embracing Inclusion Project will engage over 80 nonprofit community service organizations from across Ontario in advancing diversity and inclusion. Each participating organization will acquire training, tools and resources to aid in the development of strategies to undertake inclusive organizational change in the areas of Governance, Leadership, Human Resources and Volunteer Management. Successful applicants will have a dedicated leadership, board support and solid commitment to move the organization from acknowledging the value of diversity and inclusion to embedding this idea into their structure, policies and practices. More information The next deadline to apply to this program is September 25, 2015.  

EmployAbility – Let’s Work Together

In the UK, students with learning disabilites only have a 7% likelihood of finding paid employment. The cost of community care, supporting someone who is unable to find employment throughout their life, is approx. £1 million per person. The EmployAbility – Let’s Work Together programme has a simple, but effective model minimising the impact on both the business and the student. National Grid identifies the roles that interns can fill, while local schools partners provide Job Coaches to support the interns. EmployAbility addresses the issues facing young people with a learning difficulty, increasing disability confidence in the work place and offering work experience within a corporate environment. This programme was launched in September 2013.

Encore Career Fellowship Program

During the last year Intel has worked to improve the experience of Intel employees as they prepare for retirement. One of the results of this effort is that Intel established the new Encore Fellowship pilot.  This pilot is for current U.S. employees who are eligible to retire and it gives them an additional option as they transition into retirement. The program has the added benefit of providing a new source of experienced talent to nonprofit organizations. Similar to the Tuition for Teaching program, this is an alternative for employees to consider as they prepare for the transition into retirement.

Engaging Families in the Early Years Peer Outreach and Health Promotions: Workshop Training Toolkit

  The Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre received a two-year grant in 2010 to support its Engaging Families in the Early Years project – a peer outreach and leadership model designed to support diverse newcomer families and young children. Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre is unique: it is both a neighbourhood centre and a community health centre. A neighbourhood centre is a nonprofit, multi-service organization – a community hub that works towards building supportive communities. A community health centre provides primary care for clients using a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, nurse-practitioners, counsellors/therapists, dieticians and medical administration staff.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP)

The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) in partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami began research to develop a comprehensive inventory of Essential Skills (ES) initiatives for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project’s (FIMESIP) goals are to better understand the state of practice with respect to ES initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada and to share these insights and lessons learned with the larger community of practice. Through FIMESIP, we have identified factors (Markers of Promising Practice) that contribute to the success of ES programming and resource development. The Markers, Inventory, Case Studies and an Evaluation Toolkit are available on this site.

Goldman Sachs – Returnship program

In the context of the war for talent, many employers are increasingly interested in bringing back successful employees – often women who left the workforce and put their careers on hold for a number of different reasons.

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