Learning Opportunities

Are you interested in building capacity across Ontario’s employment & training sector? We want to hear your ideas for learning opportunities that can bring innovative approaches to the day-to day work of employment & training professionals.

The opportunity

Here’s what we’ve heard from service providers.

Providers have limited resources and opportunities available for their organizations to build and maintain capacity for innovative service delivery approaches —particularly for front-line workers.

So let’s figure it out together. How can we help service providers identify learning gaps, build meaningful solutions, and evaluate their effectiveness?

Project objectives

We’re looking for new ideas to support organizational capacity building in five key areas:

  • Effective leadership approaches, e.g., continuous improvement, operational and strategic planning
  • Data management and review, e.g., business intelligence, meaningful outcome tracking, process/program review
  • Psychologically healthy and safe work environments
  • Relationship management, e.g., conflict management, emotional intelligence, negotiating skills
  • Employer engagement/demand-led strategies.

What we look for

  • Does your idea feature a tool, practice, or initiative that will help us identify and test new solutions?
  • Does your idea have the potential to be developed into a rigorous research project?
  • Does your idea have the potential for province-wide application?

We also give priority to ideas that reflect:

  • new opportunities rather than existing initiatives, and
  • approaches that build or expand collaborative networks.

How to participate

  • You can submit ideas for learning opportunities at any time.
  • A peer review panel reviews submissions bi-monthly.
  • The panel meets on the third Wednesday of every second month starting in January 2018.
  • The panel reviews all submissions received at least 5 business days before a meeting date.
  • Submissions received fewer than 5 business days before a meeting date are reviewed at the next meeting.

Downloadable Info Sheet

List of Questions on Form

What to expect

There are three distinct stages:

  1. Submitting an idea: You must submit your idea via a short, online form. The questions are designed to allow an expert review panel to identify the most promising learning opportunities to move forward for development. The form allows you to remain anonymous if you don’t want to associate your name with a submitted learning opportunity. We only require personal information if you express the desire and capacity to work with us on the potential project.
  2. Developing the learning opportunity: If your learning opportunity is selected for further consideration, you take part in a one-day workshop. The workshop brings together various stakeholders with subject matter experts, learning and development professionals, researchers, and evaluators. This process allows us to learn more from all participants about the potential learning opportunity — and also to brainstorm solutions.
  3. Designing a learning solution: We help create teams to move each selected learning opportunity forward for development. Each team includes learning design and development professionals, a research associate, and suitable subject matter experts.