Transition from CAMHS to Adult Mental Health Services (TRACK): A Study of Service Organization, Policies, Process and User and Carer Perspectives

May 26th, 2017

There is much concern about the transition of youth with mental health issues from child/adolescent to adult mental health services. This is complicated by their passage from childhood to adulthood which generates developmental needs beyond those that are illness-specific. Studies have … Continue reading

Adult Basic Education, Upgrading, and English as a Second Language: Development Student Outcomes Survey – Report of Findings

May 13th, 2017

Increasing globalization, rapidly-changing technology and an aging baby boomer generation are all contributing to a growing skills shortage in British Columbia and elsewhere. Post-secondary education must to a large extent address this gap in providing skilled workers to meet employers’ … Continue reading

Work Based Learning for Youth at Risk: Getting Employers on Board

April 12th, 2017

One in six young people in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries is not in employment, education or training, and of these, two-thirds are not actively looking for work, thus raising both immediate and longer-term challenges for individuals … Continue reading

NCWD/Youth’s Innovative Strategies (for helping youth with disabilities find jobs)

March 30th, 2017

The National Collaborative for Workplace Diversity for Youth (or NCWD/Youth) is a US-based initiative that was formed to respond to the challenge that many youth with disabilities have in finding gainful employment. Composed of partners in disability, education, employment and … Continue reading

Improving the School-to-Work Transitions of Youth in Canada: A Scoping Review

March 30th, 2017

Improving youth school-to-work (STW) transitions is an important, though challenging, way of reducing high unemployment, underemployment and precarious employment among youth. This report by Donnalee Bell, Krista Benes and Dave Redekop of Life-Role Development Group Ltd. identifies the causes of … Continue reading

Do Youth Employment Programs Improve Labour Market Outcomes? A Systematic Multi-National Review

February 22nd, 2017

The youth unemployment rate worldwide remains high at 13% compared to pre-recession levels, despite some improvement in the overall economy and the implementation of active labour market measures to connect youth to jobs. While previous studies have synthesized the evaluation … Continue reading

Student outcome survey shows apprenticeship training in B.C. pays off

December 23rd, 2016

Since 2005, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and BCStats have been conducting a province-wide annual survey of former apprenticeship students in British Columbia along with graduates of other post-secondary programs, which are delivered through 19 BC public post-secondary institutions … 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

Substance Abuse Case Management Best Practices

September 1st, 2016

Given that up to a half of individuals who receive treatment for substance abuse will relapse–most within a year, this post by Social Solutions Global, an American human services management software company, highlights three important research-based strategies to ensure effective … Continue reading

Inclusive Employment for Canadians with Disabilities: Toward a New Policy Framework and Agenda

August 31st, 2016

Canadians with disabilities continue to face relatively high rates of unemployment and underemployment despite past promises of equal opportunity for them. With a new federal government committed to policy and program innovation and inter-governmental collaboration towards a goal of inclusive … 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

Systematic review of mentorship programs to facilitate transition to post-secondary education and employment for youth and young adults with disabilities

November 18th, 2015

This study by Sally Lindsay, Laura R. Hartman and Melissa Fellin of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Toronto in the October 2015 issue of Disability and Rehabilitation provides a systemic review of the literature on … Continue reading

Beyond the Business Case: The Employer’s Role in tackling Youth Unemployment

November 2nd, 2015

This paper from the United Kingdom explores the benefits to employers from hiring youth and provides several concrete recommendations for employing young staff. While some businesses don’t see the business case for employing young people, the article points out a … 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

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

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

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

WorkBC Employer’s Toolkit: Under the Labour Radar – Aboriginal People, Youth, Women and Persons with Disabilities

December 11th, 2012

Provides profiles of specialized population groups focusing on Aboriginal people, youth, women, and people with disabilities. This easy-to-read resource booklet has recruitment and retention tips, workplace checklist, sample interview questions, and relevant statistics on specialized population groups for employers. Continue reading

Meeting the Youth Employment Challenge: A Guide for Employers

November 27th, 2012

Provides information on the benefits of hiring youth, solutions for youth employment, and directions employers can take to promote youth employment. Furthermore, worldwide examples of initiatives and successful practices as well as action plan for employers and employers’ organizations are included in the guide. Continue reading

Access to Success: A Guide for Employers

November 26th, 2012

Offers examples of best practices and successful initiatives directed at hiring and managing post-secondary students with disabilities. These examples highlight what some ‘role model’ employers are doing right and provide a case for other organizations and businesses to follow suit. Continue reading