Make the Skills Connection: Building individuals' self-confidence as a first step to helping them acquire or enhance their employability and essential skills or ensure the success of their job-specific training (2001)

This case study offers suggestions for developing resources that would help frontline community-based employment counsellors better serve individuals with skills gaps that hinder their participation in the labour force.

The study is based on interviews carried out between August and December 2000 as part of an initiative supported by a strategic alliance between The Conference Board of Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Researchers interviewed dozens of community based-trainers and counsellors whose clients include individuals who have been unemployed for a long time; Employment Insurance (EI) recipients; new Canadians; Aboriginal youth; adults who lost their jobs at mid-career; at-risk youth; and abused women.

Among the messages to emerge from the interviews were the scarcity of generic skills development programming for those outside of the publicly funded education system; the need to strengthen the linkages between practitioners on the front line, and the decision-makers at the policy and program levels; and the need for more detailed labour market information resources that would help practitioners connect clients with appropriate resources.

The researchers recommend the production of a resource book of effective practices for frontline workers; the creation of an active Canada-wide partnership to identify the most useful skills interventions and generate ongoing feedback; and the development of a best practices model.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. Make the Skills Connection: Building individuals' self-confidence as a first step to helping them acquire or enhance their employability and essential skills or ensure the success of their job-specific training 2001. Web. 27 May. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/make_the_skills_connection/make_the_skills_connection.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (2001). Make the Skills Connection: Building individuals' self-confidence as a first step to helping them acquire or enhance their employability and essential skills or ensure the success of their job-specific training. Retrieved May 27, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/make_the_skills_connection/make_the_skills_connection.pdf
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