How & Why: Workforce Development Program Pre-assessment

February 22nd, 2017

Successful workforce development programs are built on a clear understanding of current and future community needs, which can best be obtained through pre-assessment. A community pre-assessment consists of collecting and analyzing data from funders, practitioners and potential beneficiaries to identify the needs … 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

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

Rocket Fuel for Your Biz

July 15th, 2013

Rocket Fuel for Your Biz is an online learning module that is designed to assist individuals interested in self-employment learn the entrepreneurial process of planning, starting and operating their own business. This resource helps job seekers better understand what self-employment entails and is useful for career practitioners who have clients considering self-employment as a career option. Continue reading

Working with the Community: Essential Skills Good Practices Guide

July 2nd, 2013

Designed for career practitioners working in employment organizations, colleges and other post-secondary institutions. Developed to provide support to immigrants, Aboriginals, and Francophones in essential skills development, the guide includes case studies and testimonials highlighting innovative and effective essential skills interventions in colleges and in the workplace. Continue reading

NFER Research Programme – Education to Employment: Getting Young People into Work

May 13th, 2013

The discussion video released by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) cover the topic of Getting Young People into Work. A panel of experts in the UK’s education field discuss NFER’s Education to Employment research programme, the findings, and what can be done to address the barriers young people face in obtaining employment. Continue reading

Essential Skills for Literacy Practitioners

May 13th, 2013

Provides information about nine essential skills and program development materials for facilitating essential skills workshops. This guide covers nine essential skills and includes case studies, and essential skills workshop materials such as facilitation guides, handouts, answer keys and PowerPoint presentations in the appendix for practitioners. Continue reading

A Working Guide to Creating a Cross-Sectoral Workplace Essential Skills Training Program

May 10th, 2013

Developed to assist employment service providers in designing and implementing effective cross-sectoral workplace essential skills training programs for workers in the community. The guide documents promising essential skills training practice in Chilliwack, BC, and provides step-by-step instructions on essential skills training program development, from determining goals and objectives to sustaining the program. Continue reading

What Works: Career-Building Strategies for People From Diverse Groups

March 19th, 2013

Provides career practitioners with useful information for assisting people from diverse populations find meaningful employment. The guide addresses challenges each group face by providing different ways to deal with those challenges. Continue reading

Focus on Food: Pathways to Youth Employment

March 5th, 2013

Provides career development professionals and youth organizations with FoodShare’s program development information for youth employment. This innovative internship program gives marginalized, at-risk youth in the community with an opportunity to develop employability skills and achieve their personal goals through learning, mentoring, workshops, and on-the-job training. Continue reading

Supported Employment Videos

January 22nd, 2013

Provides information on evidence-based supported employment programs implemented in the United States. Career practitioners and employers may want to utilize the videos to learn more about the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model that has been effective in helping people with disabilities find job placements. Continue reading

Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities

January 2nd, 2013

Designed to assist career practitioners working with youth, including youth with disabilities. The guide helps youth-serving practitioners understand learning disabilities in youth and learn more about the support programs and existing research. 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

Test Of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES)

December 5th, 2012

Provides career practitioners with assessment tools and training materials. Career practitioners can use the tools and training materials to develop training programs based on the essential skills strengths and weaknesses of their clients while employers can use the resources to provide essential skills training for their employees at work. Continue reading

Customized Employment: Transition Planning and Self Determination Instruction

December 4th, 2012

Shows examples of successful customized employment for people with disabilities in the community. Through this video, career practitioners and employers can see how much impact the customized employment have on the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Continue reading

Recognizing Life’s Work- Helping Learners Connect their Essential Skills from Home to Work: A Practitioner’s Resource Kit

November 26th, 2012

Developed to help adult learners build on their essential skills that are developed through the leisure/home-based activities and apply them at work. The kit has tips and tools for career practitioners to use including activities on essential skills that can be incorporated into their own programs. Continue reading

How do your skills Measure Up?

November 20th, 2012

A practical tool equipped with self-assessment test function that allows students and workers to assess their essential skills level and practice the skills they need to improve on. Career practitioners and employment counsellors can utilize this tool to help their clients identify their strengths and weaknesses in their skill areas. Continue reading

Competencies Plus…My Tools to Succeed: Facilitator’s Kit Guide

November 2nd, 2012

Competencies Plus… My Tools to Succeed is a program that helps Canadians discover their essential skills and apply them at work through visualization and creation of self-portraits of their essential skills. This guide assists practitioners in facilitating and effectively delivering Competencies Plus program to their clients. Continue reading