This non-profit is tackling Canada’s post-pandemic skills gap

Participants in Palette’s skills training pilot program. Palette Skills

Palette Skills was days away from launching its latest pilot program when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada. With the markets nosediving and borders closing amid total economic uncertainty, the Toronto-based skills training non-profit’s efforts to anticipate the needs of a workforce in flux felt futile. 

Nearly five months after Palette called off that pilot program there are signs of an economic recovery, and the urgency to train Canadians for a transformed labour market has reached new heights. As private-sector companies and governments grapple with matching out-of-work Canadians with in-demand jobs, Palette co-founder Arvind Gupta says they’re overlooking candidates who can help scale tech firms and contribute to the broader recovery.

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