News Bulletin - July 2020
Like the iconic iceberg, there’s more to see and understand when it comes to the workforce innovation research projects funded through the NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) and to the workforce innovators in Newfoundland and Labrador who are leading them. So learn more from the links and follow us, follow our projects, engage @NLWIC #tipoftheiceberg or download our brochure here. 
Strong soft or essential skills are the key to workplace success. They are used in different combinations within all jobs. Workers who can communicate well, act professionally, are able to handle disputes, and understand workplace expectations are typically much better employees. They can learn new technical skills more quickly; can teach others more effectively; are able to contribute more deliberately; and can adapt to change.
Working Students, Building Futures.
Help us improve and expand work-integrated learning.

The NL Workforce Innovation Centre is excited to partner with The Conference Board of Canada and the Business + Higher Education Roundtable to improve and expand work-integrated learning (WIL) in Canada. We aim to assess and support the recruitment, training, and future talent needs during our country’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

We are co-convening virtual consultations and would like to invite you to join the partners for a candid discussion about work-integrated learning.

Your feedback will help shape the development of a user-friendly toolbox of labour market tools that will support employers during Canada’s economic recovery.
Benefits of a consultation include:

  • Access to resources as soon as they become available through BHER’s online resource hub
  • Opportunity to shape a user-friendly toolbox for Canadian businesses – featuring tips, tricks, and resources on using WIL to address talent needs
  • Connect with a pan-Canadian network of senior leaders focused on developing WIL opportunities and tools that will benefit businesses across the country

If you would like to participate, please register through The Conference Board of Canada’s  online sign-up form, o r contact Susanne Dawe , Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator.

The NL Workforce Innovation Centre would be happy to share more details and discuss different options for a consultation. 

To stay competitive in the wake of COVID-19, Canadian businesses will need talent with practical experience and future-relevant skills. One of the most promising ways to do this is by expanding access to work-integrated learning (WIL).

For more info, please contact:  
Matthew McKean: 
Andrew Bieler: 
IRCC Online Consultation on Immigration Levels and the
Municipal Nominee Program (MNP)

You are invited to participate in an online consultation administered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This online consultation will take up to 20 minutes to complete and your participation is voluntary.

We are seeking your views on Canada’s immigration levels plan, including the balance between different classes and programs, and how immigration can support Canada – particularly in light of the current pandemic.

This consultation also requests your feedback on the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP) – a new economic immigration program included in the Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s  2019 mandate letter .

You may choose to provide feedback on one or both subjects of consultation.

To participate, please click on the following link or copy and paste the web address into your web browser:

The consultation link is open and you may share it within your networks. Please note that the survey should be completed only once per organization.

We appreciate your time and input in this consultation process.  We kindly ask that you submit your responses by July 20, 2020.

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to forward them to .

Thank you. We look forward to your participation.
Mapping the Landscape: Indigenous Skills Training
and Jobs in Canada

Indigenous businesses are growing and — importantly — creating employment for others. Further, self-employment and entrepreneurship is increasing. If there is an opportunity for the next generation, and for current adult workers, to leapfrog into the future of Canadian work, it may very well be through Indigenous-led business.

“There is an unprecedented opportunity for Indigenous peoples to get ahead.” Between 2016 and 2026, 350,000 Indigenous youth will turn 15, the age at which they become potential members of the workforce.

NL Workforce Innovation Centre Launches Webinar Series

On June 29th, 2020 the NL Workforce Innovation Centre hosted Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre, who presented and answered questions on the Future Skills Centre's May 2020 Call for Proposals .

As the next step in the pandemic response plan, this $15-million call for proposals for labour market innovations is to help build resiliency in the face of social and economic shock.
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