The non-profit Transitions Canada Coalition is a platform for collaboration among education ecosystem stakeholders to identify, enhance, test, and scale transformative innovations to better prepare students to  transition from school to success in life and 21st-century careers

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OUR GOALS

 TCC goals will be established and agreed by the National Advisory Council which will direct and oversee all TCC activities, such as: 

National Transitions Summits

Canadian Career Development Foundation and the Canadian Council of Career Development

TCC Education Portal

Enhanced Employer Engagement

Enhanced Parent and Community Engagement

Annual Career and Labour Market Tabloid

ESDC Objectives

Youth Employment Strategy

ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES

  • Annual National Transitions Summits The TCC plans to invite members of the National Advisory Council and carefully chosen national and global experts in progressive and innovative education practices to participate in an annual National Transitions Summit. The purpose of the summits is to bring together stakeholders to share and agree on best practices and identify gaps to be addressed collaboratively. The target date for the inaugural Summit is late fall of 2017. The focus of the Summit will be to explore the viability of interjurisdictional collaboration and to determine if consensus can be reached on initial TCC priorities. It is anticipated that about 100 experts will participate in the 2-3 day Summit. Champions of the most promising initiatives in Canada, the United States and representatives from progressive education systems in other countries will present. Participating provincial and national organizations will present their most promising practices. The goal of the Summit will be to identify issues and challenges that can be addressed collaboratively as opposed to independently. If one or more projects emerge with agreement that more can be achieved together than any jurisdiction could achieve on its own, the TCC will put in place a core team of four experts with previous experience with Pan-Canadian projects, and set in motion the collaborative model described in the Methodology section of this document. The coordinated assembly of experts will provide proof of concept and mitigate against the risk of investing in an ill-conceived proposal. The inaugural National Transitions Summit will be hosted by New Brunswick. Except for invited speakers, participants’ organizations will cover their travel expenses.

 

  • A New National Mantra for Education – Career Readiness The TCC will coordinate all stakeholders to focus on career readiness as Canada’s new mantra for education. The TCC will create an Education Portal that will present best practices and resources identified and agreed upon by the National Advisory Council.

 

  • Enhanced Employer Engagement in Education The TCC will generate common strategies, resources and programs to enhance employer engagement in workplace integrated learning (internships, non-traditional apprenticeships, co-op programs, job-shadowing, mentorships, plant tours, skills competitions, speakers in the classroom, etc.) with public, private and indigenous primary, secondary and postsecondary education systems across Canada. The TCC plans to build an Employer Portal to help facilitate employer involvement in education on federal, provincial, and local levels.

 

  • Enhanced Parent and Community Engagement in Education The TCC will generate common strategies, resources and programs to engage parents and community organizations in a whole-community approach to preparing youth to transition from all educational and training settings and levels to workforce success. The TCC plans to build a Community Portal to help facilitate parent and community involvement in education on a local level.

 

  • Development of an Annual Career and Labour Market Tabloid The TCC will foster federal/provincial/private sector collaboration to produce an annual career and labour market information tabloid in print and digital format for classrooms, employment support centers, and homes across the country (see: Canada Prospects in Appendix A).

 

  • Fulfilment of Objectives of Economic and Social Development Canada A primary mandate of Economic and Social Development Canada is to “deliver programs that help Canadians move through life's transitions, from school to work, from one job to another, from unemployment to employment, from the workforce to retirement” and to “promote a labour force that is highly skilled”. The TCC is dedicated to achieving these exact objectives in a way that is inclusive and collaborative. Moreover, the need to develop and promote models of interjurisdictional collaboration was stressed in the mandate letter sent to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour by the Prime Minister. In it he says, “your overarching goal will be to help Canadians get the skills they need for good quality jobs. You will be able to achieve this goal by working with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples, the post-secondary education system, employers and labour to strengthen our training systems to build the human capital that Canadians and employers need. You will undertake this work in a collaborative way with provinces and territories.”

 

  • Support and Enhancement of the Federal Youth Employment Strategy The federal Youth Employment Strategy aims to help students coming out of the current education system. However, it does not get to the root of the problem in that young people are leaving our education system unprepared for the workforce. The TCC intends to collaborate with diverse partners to ensure that students leave public school with the relevant skills they need to join the workforce or excel in advanced education.

 

  • A Partnership with the Prime Minister’s Youth Council The Prime Minister’s Youth Council consists of 26 Council Members, young Canadians aged 16-24 who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister on national issues. The TCC will invite representatives of the Youth Council to participate as members of the National Advisory Council to share their experiences and help to shape and enlighten the future of Canada’s education system.

 

  • Implementation of Recommendations of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment In 2016, the Federal Government formed an Expert Panel on Youth Employment. Their report states that “Educational institutions aren’t uniformly preparing students for the jobs of the future. The shift away from manufacturing to service and knowledge economies means there is a greater emphasis on “soft” skills like problem solving, communication, interpersonal skills and critical thinking. Our educational institutions are struggling to keep up to date with the pace of change, and students feel like they are behind or unprepared for the job market when they graduate. Their report further states that, “Employment support mechanisms often involve the collaboration of governments, employers, unions, educational/training institutions and community- based organizations. There is little coordination among these bodies, and overlaps and gaps in programming persist.” The Report recommends that “Employers have a role in training and developing young workers” and “Educational institutions challenge and prepare youth for the jobs of tomorrow”. The TCC is prepared to bridge these gaps and implement solutions that deliver upon the recommendations set forth by these experts.

 

  • Implementation of the CMEC’s National Youth Transitions Framework The Council of Ministers of Education of Canada (CMEC) recognizes that changes in our education system are needed to better prepare students for the modern workforce. To this end, the CMEC is in the process of creating a National Youth Transitions Framework that will establish a set of ten guiding principles to guide innovation in school systems across the country to increase students’ career readiness. The TCC will foster collaboration among great minds across the country, designated by the Education Ministers and other partners, to translate these new guidelines into resources that can be used in school across the country that excite and engage students and teachers.

 

  • Implementation of Mental Health Education in Schools Experts say mental health literacy should be introduced in grade school even if it’s taught at a rudimentary level. “Education can’t get rid of mental illness but it can give you the tools you need to do what you can to stack the odds in your favour that you won’t get it,” says Dr. Stanley Kutcher, a child psychiatrist and chair of adolescent mental health at Dalhousie University. The TCC is committed with collaborating with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone to facilitate the implementation of solutions aimed and preventing depression and reducing and managing stress in our young people.

 

  • Creation of the K-12 Component of the FutureSkills Lab The TCC proposes to be the K-12 component of the FutureSkills Lab proposed by Minister Morneau’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and to work very closely with this organization to meet its shared objectives. The Advisory Council on Economic Growth will invited to join the TCC National Advisory Council.

 

  • A Partnership with the Assembly of First National The TCC with work closely with the Assembly of First Nations including the National Youth Council and the First Nations Directors of Education. Each group will be represented on the National Advisory Council.

 

  • A Partnership with Status of Women Canada The TCC will partner with Status of Women Canada to address gender related issues in education and work to advance their objective to Encourage Girls and Young Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

 

  • A Partnership with the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) and the Canadian Council of Career Development (CCCD). The CCDF is the leading voice for career development in Canada. The CCCD is a national network of career development professionals catalyzed by the CCDF. “3CD serves as a mechanism for pan-Canadian collaboration on career development issues.” These organizations will be represented on the TCC National Advisory Council.