Canadians’ needs for skills training and education are changing quickly.
In response, the Public Policy Forum (external link, opens in new window) , the Diversity Institute (external link) , and the Future Skills Centre (external link) have joined together to publish Skills Next, a series that explores what is working in workplaces, universities, and the labour market – and where workers are falling through the gaps in our skills training system.
Our first set of Skills Next papers was released in January and February of 2020. Each report focuses on one issue — such as the impact of technology in the workplace, gig work, digital skills, and barriers to employment that some marginalized groups experience — and reviews the existing state of knowledge on this topic and identifies areas in need of additional research.
- Mapping the Landscape: Indigenous Skills Training and Jobs in Canada (opens in new window) by Max Skudra, Andy Avgerinos and Karen E. McCallum
- Understanding the Nature and Experience of Gig Work in Canada (opens in new window) by Elle Ziegler, Karen E. McCallum, Katherine Porter, Reyhaneh Noshiravani
- Economic Equality in a Changing World: Removing Barriers to Employment for Women (opens in new window) by Julie Cafley, Katie Davey, Tania Saba, Simon Blanchette, Ruby Latif and Valentina Sitnik
- Small and Medium-Sized Employers (SMEs): Skills Gaps and Future Skills (opens in new window) by Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), Tania Saba, and Simon Blanchette
- Technology-Enabled Innovations in the Skills and Employment Ecosystem (opens in new window) by Stephen Harrington, Wendy Cukier, Mark Patterson, Karen E. McCallum
- Competency Frameworks and Canada’s Essential Skills (opens in new window) by David Gyarmati, Janet Lane, Scott Murray
Skills Next—Winter 2020
- Understanding the Future of Skills: Trends and Global Policy Responses (opens in new window) by Sunil Johal and Michael Crawford Urban
- Solving the Skills Puzzle: The Missing Piece is Good Information (opens in new window) by Emna Braham and Steven Tobin
- Thinking Twice About Technology and the Future of Work (opens in new window) by Jim Stanford
- Bridging the Digital Skills Gap: Alternative Pathways (opens in new window) by Denise Shortt, Brian Robson and Magdalena Sabat
- Employment Gaps and Underemployment for Racialized Groups and Immigrants in Canada: Current Findings and Future Directions (opens in new window) by Eddy Ng and Suzanne Gagnon
- Skills Gaps, Underemployment, and Equity of Labour-Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Canada (opens in new window) by Emile Tompa, Dan Samosh and Normand Boucher
- Return on Investment: Industry Leadership on Upskilling and Reskilling their Workforce (opens in new window) by Wendy Cukier
- Leveraging the Skills of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates (opens in new window) by Sandra Lapointe and Jonathan Turner
On the Skills Next authors
The series is authored by an expansive and diverse network of researchers and subject matter experts carefully selected to provide a broad-range of perspectives within a Canadian context. Their varied backgrounds, experiences, and expertise have shaped their individual perspectives, their analyses of the current skills ecosystem, and the reports they have authored.
Skills Next is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.
For more information contact:
Future Skills Centre – Communications Manager
Public Policy Forum – Communications Specialist