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Content in this category pertains to material about skills shortage and skills development strategies to meet labour market needs.

The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth

The Saskatchewan government unveiled its plan that sets out its vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth identifies 6 core growth activities the province can take, and among them is developing a skilled workforce. Some of the education-related targets and actions include leading Canada in Grade 12 graduation rates by 2020 and narrowing the gap in graduation rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students by 50% by 2020.

Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says

This report draws on the new international OECD Survey of Adult Skills to highlight the challenges faced by the United States. It shows that the United States should take action to improve adult skills, if it wants to avoid falling behind other countries. The report also advances a set of key recommendations to improve basic skills across the board.

Unleashing Business Innovation in Canada

This paper discusses how to improve Canada’s business innovation in order to boost labour productivity and output growth. It is noted that one of the focuses should be on boosting manager and worker skills that are intrinsic to all forms of innovation, by filling gaps in training, mentoring and education.

Unpacking “Career Readiness”

The non-profit testing firm ACT has released a new report calling for a clearer understanding of the differences between workplace readiness and college readiness. 4 categories of skills are identified as contributing to success after high school: core academic skills, cross-cutting capabilities, behavioural skills, and navigation skills. The new framework distinguishes between 3 levels of workplace readiness, with increasing levels of specificity: “work” readiness, “career” readiness, and “job” readiness. With this report, ACT says it has “refined and deepened its ground-breaking research into the requirements for success in postsecondary education and the workplace.”

Upskilling for the jobs of tomorrow

An overview of the programs offered by sector councils that support employers and job seekers prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.

Women working in the skilled trades and technologies

The report outlines the findings and recommendations of the Women in Nuclear (WiN) workshop held in February 2010. 

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