Why we’re doing this project
Automation and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the way we live. Technology that once lived on the pages of science-fiction novels is now redefining our everyday lives, from how we buy our groceries to how we park our cars. These changes are also impacting the way we work. Decreased labor mobility and surges in precarious work feel like the new normal.
The story thus far for workers has been one of anxiety and fear as they wonder how these changes will impact their livelihoods in a vastly different economy. Caught between a changing labour market and an unprepared training system are millions of workers who possess valuable experience, yet lack in the specific skills that employers need. Those most impacted by automation are mid-career workers – individuals who have been in the workforce for at least ten years in industries such as retail, manufacturing, and finance.
Helping mid-career workers whose jobs are threatened by automation to retrain and upskill into high demand careers in the innovation economy, Palette Inc. works to contribute towards an inclusive innovation economy in Canada where all workers have the skills they need to thrive. Launched in 2017 and developed in partnership with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E), Palette Inc. is a national non-profit designed to provide a platform for employers, workers, training providers and other stakeholders to identify, develop and deliver skilling programs to help workers transition to and succeed in the innovation economy.
Palette is currently building a pilot for launch in Fall 2018 and seeking partners from industry, education, training, and employment services. If you are interested in getting involved, contact us.