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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.


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.

Student Decisions Project

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?

TASK (Trade Awareness, Skills & Knowledge)

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.

The BC Employment Program Hub Tutorial

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.

The Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC) / Shape Your Future Career Fair & Training Expo

Socially Responsible Innovation prize at the 2014 National Youth Employment Innovation Awards.

The Work Foundation

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.

Urban Worker Project

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.

Warwick Institute for Employment Research

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

WindsorEssex Nav Program

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.

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