Bridging the Gap: From Education to Employment (2009)

This report describes a labour force concept developed and used in Newfoundland and Labrador to connect prospective employers with individuals who have employment barriers. The Bridging the Gap: From Education to Employment (BTG) model provides a customized workplace Essential Skills training program that meets the needs of both local businesses partners and program participants.

The program was pioneered in 1995 in one region on Newfoundland’s east coast and has expanded to include six other economic zones and 14 private business firms throughout the province. It includes 40 weeks of combined classroom and practical learning for participants, with all classroom learning linked to the workplace.

Specifically, the BTG model identifies businesses in rural areas that want to expand their operations but face challenges in hiring qualified staff; selects potential participants based upon their aptitudes and abilities; and works with local educational institutions to develop and provide a program that meets the needs of the workplace and the participant.

Participants are chosen mainly from those who use federal or provincial income support programs. In addition, most participants express a desire to remain in their communities.

The authors note that in addition to helping participants improve their employment opportunities and increasing the productivity of local business, the BTG model decreases reliance on government social programs.

This document is part of a series of case studies on adult learning.

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