The funding will be split across 10 projects that will test new ways to retrain workers in fields that are being disrupted by technology. A project in Calgary, for example, will train oil and gas workers for jobs in the tech sector. Cashiers and meat-processing workers across the country will test training programs for higher-skilled food-retail jobs. And, adult learners in Manitoba will participate in programs that examine “learner shock,” described as anxiety or frustration around mid-career transitions. (The Logic)
Talking point: This mid-career training is what Dominic Barton, chair of Canada’s Economic Growth Council, identified as critical for filling the gap between workers’ skills and job opportunities—that, in turn, was the impetus for creating the Future Skills Centre. These projects only begin to address that problem, however: following the testing period, the centre will have to take what they’ve learned from the pilots and turn them into programs that governments, universities and employers can use. And, while the federal government has earmarked $225 million for the Ryerson-led initiative over four years, the centre has yet to determine who will fund the programs once the testing period is over.