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32 Connecting People to Possibilities

PRESENTATION OVERVIEW FROM CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Stacey Dakin & Michele Thibeau, CEDEC

It takes planning and collaboration to achieve results. Take this opportunity to brainstorm how to tackle partnership development and strategic planning as we walk you through the basics and break down the process behind CEDEC’s Workforce Development Strategy. Identify the key ingredients you need to capture in a partnership to leverage more concrete results. Experience the energy created through CEDEC’s Get Connected activities that connect people to possibilities.

KEY WORDS

  • Employers
  • Job-seekers
  • Bilingual
  • English-speakers
  • Multilingual
  • Networking
  • Workforce
  • Development
  • Strategy
  • Partnerships

 

BIO

Stacey Dakin, CEDEC
Stacey began her career with CEDEC in 2004 and is currently the Operations Manager based in Montreal. In 2006, she initiated what is now known as CEDECs Small Business Support Services moving into the field of Workforce Development in 2011 where she continues to identify needs and develop partnerships that serve to enhance the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking community.

Michèle Thibeau, CEDEC
Michèle joined the CEDEC team in 2010 as a Director based in Québec City. Coordinating CEDEC’s Get Connected series enables Michèle to plan activities and to develop partnerships in order to connect employers and bilingual and multilingual job seekers – people to possibilities – through informal networking opportunities in communities across Quebec.

 

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SUMMARY

Overview

CEDEC’s Workforce Development initiatives address diversity engagement from different perspectives: mature workers, women, Indigenous communities, youth, and linguistic minority communities. With its partners and stakeholders across Quebec and the rest of Canada, CEDEC engages in dialogue, in research and in action to enable Canadians to integrate successfully into today’s competitive labour market.

Workforce development is an essential component of community economic development. To ensure that Quebec has the necessary talent and capacity in place to thrive and prosper, CEDEC is leading the development of a workforce strategy to inform our work as well as provide critical labour market information to industries, companies and individuals.

It takes planning and collaboration to achieve results. Take this opportunity to brainstorm how to tackle partnership development and strategic planning as we walk you through the basics and break down the process behind CEDEC’s Workforce Development Strategy. Identify the key ingredients you need to capture in a partnership to leverage more concrete results. Experience the energy created through CEDEC’s Get Connected activities that connect people to possibilities.

Key Findings

  • Identify stakeholders / partners to include in strategic planning
  • Develop partnerships that leverage concrete results
  • Unravelling the skills mismatch/ Job matching
  • Exploring labour mobility
  • Planning and training: workforce development in action
Next Steps
  • Continue seeking opportunities to implement Zone multilingue in other career fair situations where employers require candidates with second-language skills
  • Look to partner more closely with other post-secondary education institutions and career fairs

Implications for Career Education

  • Opportunities to partner with organizations working with employers to bridge the gap
  • Outreach to graduates or internationally-trained professionals seeking Canadian training to integrate the workforce
  • Labour market information on workforce development services for Quebec’s English-speaking community
References

“Zone multilingue connects employers, job seekers and community” April 18, 2017, CEDEC http://cedec.ca/zone-multilingue-connects-employers-job-seekers-community/

Framework for Canadian Plan for Economic Development of Official Language Minority Communities http://cedec.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CPED_Framework_E.pdf

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Connecting People to Possibilities Copyright © 2017 by Various Authors. All Rights Reserved.

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