We partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to hold a series of Workforce Innovation “Design Jams” around the province in February-March 2017.
Over 110 people from across the workforce development sector took part in these fun, fast, and creative brainstorming sessions at 10 locations. Participants worked together to come up with new, innovative solutions to workforce development challenges in their regions.
We then sat down with potential collaborative teams and external partners to develop formal research proposals around the most promising ideas.
In a competitive peer review process, 8 out of the 16 proposals submitted were selected to be developed into research projects. Projects are expected to launch by mid-summer 2017.
Non-Profit Sector Pathways to Launch Careers
Lead Proponent: City of Kingston
- Is there an opportunity for the non-profit sector to provide “first work” opportunities for early-stage career seekers, as a sort of “farm team” to feed the local talent pool?
- Are non-profits able and willing to connect with educational institutions & other stakeholders to build clear pathways to help transition graduates and youth into the workforce?
- How might a model developed for a career-launching pathway to non-profits also work to design career pathways to quality entry-level work and experience in other sectors?
Kingston, like most other communities in Ontario, is facing and will continue to face intensifying shortages of talent and skilled workers over the next decade. There exists a significant opportunity to build the local workforce by developing more effective channels for ‘tapping into’ the stream of thousands of graduates exiting annually from the local university, college and school boards. This project will explore new pathways to internships and “first work” opportunities as mechanisms for more effective engagement of this underutilized talent source.