YWCA NextStep Mentorship Program – Mentorship Best Practices Toolkit

November 17th, 2017

The YWCA Metro Vancouver created the Mentorship Best Practices Toolkit based on the insights gained from operating the NextStep Mentorship Program, which operated from 2014 to 2017. In the toolkit, aspects of creating, sustaining and enhancing mentoring relationships and programs … Continue reading

Learning from the Best: Leveraging the Practices of Top Work Units in the BC Public Service

May 31st, 2017

The BC Public Service Agency sought to understand how to better foster employee engagement in the BC Public Service. Towards this end, the agency commissioned BC Stats to study and interview the most engaged public service work units to find out … Continue reading

Pushing through: Mental health consumers’ experiences of an individual placement and support employment programme

April 12th, 2017

Past research has shown that individual support and placement (ISP) is a best practice in the vocational rehabilitation of people with severe mental illness (SMI) – defined as “chronic mental illness that interferes with the person’s ability to deal with … Continue reading

Examining the Career Engagement of Canadian Career Development Practitioners

December 29th, 2016

This study examines career engagement of Canadian Career Development Practitioners (CDPs). Previous studies that have examined CDP engagement have focused on the practitioner’s work or relationship with an employer. This study by Deirdre Pickerell and Roberta Neault of Life Strategies Ltd. … Continue reading

Assessing the Evidence Base: Strategies That Support Employment for Low-Income Adults

November 30th, 2016

Over the past 25 years, there has been a plethora of research on public interventions intended to improve employment conditions for low-income adults. However, the sheer volume of the evidence generated has made it difficult to identify the most reliable … Continue reading

Escalator Jobs for Youth facing Barriers: Companies and Youth Moving up in the World

November 17th, 2016

This study focusses on the young people in in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) of Ontario. It examined an action plan called Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers that was established through a partnership between Government of Ontario … Continue reading

Using Real-Time Labor Market Information to Achieve Better Labor Market Outcomes

October 7th, 2016

Post-secondary institutions are an important source of an economy’s skills and research has shown the important role education and skills development play in a nation’s prosperity. In the face of rapid technological innovation and concerns about its impact on graduate … Continue reading

What Do We Know About Improving Employment Outcomes For Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder?

May 31st, 2016

This paper from Carolyn Dudley, David B, Nicholas and Jennifer D. Zwicker of the University of Calgary illustrates factors that contribute to successful employment outcomes for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Adults with ASD have some of the lowest employment … Continue reading

Youth Unemployment And Active Labor Market Policies In Europe

May 4th, 2016

This paper from Marco Caliendo and Ricarda Schmidl of the University of Potsdam and the University of Mannheim reviews the effectiveness of active labor market programs (ALMPs) in supporting young job seekers in Europe. Due to high levels of youth … Continue reading

Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)

December 8th, 2015

The IASE is a not-for-profit organization established in 1994 to promote supported employment in Ireland. The IASE promotes supported employment at a national level, to job seekers, employers, disability and other services, policy makers and the general public. The IASE … Continue reading

Supporting Employee Success

November 24th, 2015

Supporting Employee Success is a free, bilingual online resource that was developed by occupational health professionals for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. The toolkit was commissioned by the Centre to provide employers and practitioners working … Continue reading

If at First You Don’t Succeed: Toward an Adult Education and Training Strategy for Canada

November 10th, 2015

This study published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy reviews the landscape of formal adult learning in Canada. The authors examine the population of adult learners who might benefit from additional education or training and provide an analysis … Continue reading

Employers Guide to Partnering with Disability Employment Services

September 23rd, 2014

This is a simple guide book to assist Australian businesses to better understand and partner with disability employment services to recruit from the entire talent pool and make it easier for candidates with disabilities to get and keep jobs. Continue reading

Bridging the Gap: A Comparative Assessment of Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices with Transition-Age Youth

August 26th, 2014

This document uses a case study approach to explore the variety of approaches of services delivered to youth with disabilities during the transition time from school to work. This research study applies to career practitioners as it outlines several strategies … Continue reading

Unemployed and Underemployed Youth: A Challenge to Canada Achieving its Full Economic Potential

August 7th, 2014

This document on youth unemployment (and underemployment) coincides with a policy paper series sponsored by Canada2020. Career development practitioners will find it useful as it brings together existing evidence to better understand some of the  challenges facing young Canadians in … Continue reading

Business Benefits of Accessible Workplaces

August 7th, 2014

This briefing focuses on the benefits and returns that accrue when organizations invest in accessible employment practices. This article is aimed at helping businesses to be more accessible for people with disabilities. While it discusses many ideas from the Accessibility … Continue reading

Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging, and Advancing People with Disabilities

August 7th, 2014

This report takes a comprehensive look at the business case for employing people with disabilities and details the steps companies can take to change their hiring practices to promote a more inclusive workforce. The report’s key objectives are to raise … Continue reading

Look Before You Leap: Self-Employment Survival Strategies

August 29th, 2013

Provides career practitioners with ten self-employment strategies, including 35 competencies that are crucial to successful self-employment, that would help them support their clients who are interested in self-employment and also explore self-employment as a career option for themselves. Continue reading

Core Competencies for Youth Service Professionals: Guiding Youth Toward Employment

December 18th, 2012

Provides synthesis of competencies for career practitioners who work with youth clients. The core competency areas such as knowledge, communication with youth, and workforce preparation that are identified in this guide help youth service practitioners in their professional development. Continue reading