New Future Skills Centre launched for the future of work


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A NEW FUTURE SKILLS CENTRE for the future of work launched yesterday. Gladys Okine, who is moderating our Panel on the Future of Work Tuesday at OTF, is on the Council. Check it out here.

Here is the announcement:

New technology, artificial intelligence, and global competitiveness are changing the way Canadians work. Many of the skills needed for good quality jobs will change in the years to come. A Canadian workforce that incorporates new technology and adapts is key to Canada’s long-term economic growth.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, along with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, announced the Future Skills Centre and Future Skills Council. This is part of the Government’s plan to ensure that all Canadians have the skills to find and keep good quality jobs and grow the middle class.

Fifteen members from Canada’s public, private, labour and not-for-profit sectors were selected to form the Future Skills Council. The selection process was an open call that was merit-based and took into consideration regional, cultural and gender diversity. The Council will provide advice to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on emerging skills and workforce trends including national and regional priorities related to skills development for Canadians. The Council will be co-chaired by Valerie Walker, Executive Director of the Business/ Higher Education.