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Skills for an Innovation-Driven Economy

This work stream seeks to understand future skill demands across Canada, while helping companies and people gain the skills they need to thrive in an innovation-driven economy.
Future Skills
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About the Skills For An Innovation-Driven Economy Work Stream

We identify the skills that Canadians and innovative companies will need to remain competitive, and pilot programs that help them gain those skills – so that companies and workers alike can navigate and thrive in an innovation-driven economy.

An innovation economy needs a workforce with up-to-date skills. But as new technologies are introduced and the innovation economy grows, the skills sought by employers are continually shifting. It can be challenging for Canadians to know which skills they need to remain relevant throughout their careers. Employers themselves struggle to anticipate what their future needs might be.

Canadian businesses, educators, policy makers and others will need continuing and up-to-date insights on which skills are in high demand, in local labour markets and in different industries, as well as ideas on how to design effective training programs, ensure that Canadians can access them, and match talent to employer needs.

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Oct 1, 2018

With several successful cohorts behind us across our 5 sites, find out what we've learned so far and where our digital literacy + coding pilot is headed
Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot: Quarterly insights

Sep 21, 2018

Opinion: Community initiatives are still needed to bridge the digital literacy divide. This op-ed was originally posted on Apolitical.
Canada’s coding classes prepare kids for the future — but many are left behind

Sep 20, 2018

Opinion: Mid-career workers have solid business skills valuable to the tech industry. This op-ed was originally published by The Conversation.
Tech’s next great opportunity is mid-career workers

Sep 5, 2018

Opinion: There's a window of opportunity to build a reskilling infrastructure so that all Canadians can thrive from a growing tech sector. This op-ed was originally published by The Globe and Mail.
Tech companies shouldn’t overlook mid-career workers
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