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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Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Proposal

Transitions Canada Coalition recently submitted our official proposal to the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy team for an interactive and innovative digital platform for Canadian students. Our goal is to create a tool that informs, engages, and inspires Canada's youth by delivering real-life stories, videos, and in-depth labour market information data to their fingertips. 

The Transitions Interactive Digital Platform Proposal

Proposed Innovation Accelerator Event Projects 

PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs

SparkPath Challenge Program

WIGUP Classroom Learning Platform

World of Work

Initiative

Roadtrip Nation

Initiative

PAST PAN-CANADIAN PROJECTS

BLUEPRINT FOR LIFE/WORK DESIGNS

The Blueprint for Life/Work Designs is Canada’s common language framework of competencies needed by Canadians of all ages to self-reliantly manage their careers. Its genesis was the National Career Development Guidelines created by the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee/State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees (NOICC/SOICC) in the U.S. The project was mobilized by the National Life/Work Centre. The stages of this project were:

  • Career Consultants from provincial and territorial departments of education and advanced education, labor, social development, and relevant professional associations were convened and agree on initial specifications for the Canadian Blueprint.

  • An expert writing team was contracted to “Canadianize” the NCDGs and produce a prototype that could be piloted by educators and labour market intervenors in schools and community settings, and HR specialists in the public and private sectors.

  • Pilot feedback resulted in enhanced print and digital materials which were shared at no cost with all project partners, and a website was made available to all Canadians.

  • 15 years after project funding ended, diverse agencies across Canada continue to use the Blueprint. Moreover, the United States updated their NCDG’s and Australia, England and Scotland created their own Blueprints based on the Canadian model.

THE REAL GAME

Under the National Life/Work Centre’s leadership, The Real Game became the world’s most widely used experiential career learning program.  NLWC invited all CCIP partners and NOICC, and its network of 59 State SOICCs, to collaborate on The Real Game. Over the ensuing decade, 6 editions of The Real Game (Gr 3-4, Gr 5-6, Gr 7-9, Gr 9-10, Gr 11-12, Adult) were created and distributed to over 15,000 schools across Canada, in English and French. In addition, an Indigenous and Northern edition was developed in partnership with First Nations. 6 US editions were created and distributed to over 30,000 US schools. The national governments of the United Kingdom, France, Australian, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Greece also developed their own editions. At its peak in 2005, over 100,000 classrooms globally were playing The Real Game on any given day.​​​

CANADA PROSPECTS

Canada Prospects was the Canada Career Information Partnership’s first pan-Canadian project in 1991. All Provinces and Territories collaborated in developing and distributing this annual labour market information tabloid. The stages were as follows:

  • Representatives of all provinces and territories met to agree on common themes for students and young adult career seekers, including those from under-represented groups.

  • Each province and territory committed to producing at least one engaging article addressing agreed themes.

  • The project team merged the articles into tabloid format, added an insert with labor market information on 250-300 in-demand occupations across Canada, such as key tasks, education/training required, wages, outlook, etc., and translated all content.

  • A digital master was provided to jurisdictions wishing to localize content. They would print and distribute their own editions (i.e., Ontario Prospects, Manitoba Prospects, Perspectives Nouveau-Brunswick, etc.).

  • Some provinces and territories chose to distribute the national edition of Canada Prospects.

  • Over 15 million copies of local and national editions of Prospects were distributed over a 15-year period.

  • 25 years after the first Canada Prospects were printed Saskatchewan still produces Relevance annually.