Future Skills

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Preparing Canadians for jobs of the future

Preparing Canadians for jobs of the future

Preparing Canadians for jobs of the future

Preparing Canadians for jobs of the future

Technological progress, new business models, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are changing every aspect of Canadians’ lives, including workplaces and expectations at work. These changes impact the skills Canadians need for jobs and the way they develop these skills.

Future Skills ensures Canadians take advantage of new opportunities to better prepare for jobs of the future. It focuses on the inclusion of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups so all Canadians can benefit from new opportunities.

Future Skills encourages collaboration, innovation and transformation

Collaborate

Work together across sectors to identify and take action on common priorities.

Innovate

Prototype, test and evaluate innovative approaches to skills assessment and development.

Transform

Ensure policies and programs meet jobseekers, workers and employers evolving needs.

What is Future Skills

What is Future Skills – Transcript

[David Ticoll, Future Skills Council Member, Membre du Conseil des Compétences futures]

With the rise of technology [“Technology” written on the screen], automating many jobs [“Automation” written on the screen], globalization [“Globalization” written on the screen], it seems like we’re in a period of very rapid and dynamic change and we’re kind of rethinking the whole nature of work [“we’re kinda re-thinking the whole nature of work” gradually being written on the screen]. And we need to deal with the massive transitions that are happening in the world of work if we’re gonna have a healthy society over the coming decades.

[Justin Velthuis, Farmer – fermier, Riverdown Holsteins]

So how we used to farm was a lot of manual labour and the equipment was getting old and we’re dealing with breakdown. So, we were able to build this facility, it’s a big technology advancement compared to how we used to farm and now we’re able to do less time choring and do other work instead, so we’re more efficient and it’s just a more humane way to harvest milk.

[Farshad Mirshafiei, CEO - PDG, Sensequake]

Sensequake is making cities safer and smarter by combining sensors, AI and data analysis to perform structural health monitoring and determine the integrity and natural hazard vulnerability of a structure.

[Alexandre Darche, Project Manager – Directeur de projet, Sensequake, speaking French]

More and more, workplaces are going to need the technologies that are emerging now and in the future. And having knowledge of these new technologies is going to be crucial in every sector.

[Andrew Calderon, CEO – PDG, Intrideo]

Skills development is vital right now. What skills are we embedding inside of our youth today, in order to service these applications, service these robots? Where are we giving that experiential learning?

[Justin Velthuis, Farmer – fermier, Riverdown Holsteins]

Hopefully there’s growth in the dairy industry, if we were to stay in our old facility, we wouldn’t be able to grow, it would be a lot of labour, milking fewer cows, and I’d be a last generation farmer.

[David Ticoll, Future Skills Council Member, Membre du Conseil des Compétences futures]

I think that Canada has some unique opportunities to be successful because of its place in the world, because of its skilled workforce, the quality of its education system.

[Gladys Okine, Future Skills Council Member, Membre du Conseil des Compétences futures]

This opportunity with Future Skills Council and the Centre, gives us the time and space to collectively think about how we make the best use of our resources so that we don’t find ourselves behind.

[Government of Canada logo appearing on the screen]

Future Skills Council and Centre support innovation for skills development

Future Skills Council

A ministerial advisory group that brings together leaders from across sectors to identify priorities and encourage action.

Future Skills Centre

An independent innovation and applied research centre that tests and evaluates innovative approaches to skills assessment and development.

Future Skills Council report

This report sets an ambitious vision for a thriving and dynamic workforce where everyone has a chance to succeed.

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