NLWIC News Update
New workforce innovation models connect the dots to labour shortages solutions in NL
The NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) has released its first set of final reports from completed NLWIC-funded Research Projects. The eight reports provide evidence of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to workforce development that can be used by labour market stakeholders to address their most pressing labour shortages.

“These reports will not sit on a shelf,” says Sharon McLennon, NLWIC Director. “These applied research projects were approved to experiment with new models of innovation in workforce development that will have a positive impact on the attachment of individuals – particularly underrepresented groups – to the labour market. The purpose is to share these new models so our labour market stakeholders can use this evidence to expand the workforce in our province.”

One of NLWIC’s six key activities mandated by the provincial government is to provide proposal-based funding for applied research projects that test innovative approaches to address labour market challenges and opportunities and improve outcomes in NL. There are 20 research projects funded to date by NLWIC following two Calls for Proposals in 2017 and 2018 totaling $7,663,736.

“The dedication and passion of the research teams of each proponent have been valuable contributions to the success of each research project,” says Joanne Kendrick, NLWIC Research and Innovation Project Coordinator. “The results and outcomes to date demonstrate valuable impacts on the proponent organizations, the communities where they operate and the participating underrepresented groups.”

The final reports from the eight completed projects are available to download from the NLWIC website:

The remaining 12 projects will be completed between May 2022 and October 2023. NLWIC’s future dissemination plans include #tipoftheiceberg webinars, key stakeholder briefings and other events where stakeholders – employers, education and training providers, career and employment service providers and organizations who represent underrepresented groups – as well as members of the public, can ask questions and engage with the research proponents.

“The whole reason that NLWIC was created by government was to address changing labour market dynamics and to transform the workforce development ecosystem,” says McLennon. “Ultimately, we want this evidence to be adopted as new programs, policies and/or service delivery models, to be replicated where possible, and to be scaled up for an expanded, diverse, innovative, high-performing workforce to support economic growth and prosperity in the province now and into the future.”
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Established in 2017 by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by College of the North Atlantic, NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) has a provincial mandate to provide a coordinated, central point of access to engage all labour market stakeholders about challenges, opportunities and best practices in workforce development.

NLWIC’s goal is to promote the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact employability, employment and entrepreneurship within the province’s labour force and particularly underrepresented groups. Funding for NLWIC is provided by the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.
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