Projects

Futureworx is proud to release its report – “Building a PAN CANADIAN SOFT SKILLS FRAMEWORK”

This project was funded to explore the need for, and how best to create, a pan-Canadian soft skills framework to support the development of a productive,
adaptable, globally competitive workforce capable of meeting the rapidly changing needs of work and the workplace.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.

REPORT: Soft Skills Framework Report – PDF (5MB)

We welcome your feedback and questions – simply CONTACT US.

 


 

INTEGRATING SOFT SKILLS INTO THE ESSENTIAL SKILLS FRAMEWORK – BUILDING A NATIONAL CONSENSUS



OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this project are:

  • To develop a plan to create a common assessment and development approach for ‘soft’ skills in Canada;
  • To propose their integration into the existing essential skills framework;
  • To identify and develop common terminology.

These objectives will be achieved by:

  • Identifying existing ‘soft’ skills taxonomies, frameworks, efforts, assessments and resources being used and/or supported; and
  • Developing a plan for moving forward on a collaborative impact effort to expand the essential skills framework to include ‘soft’ skills.

TIME FRAME: Completion Nov 2018

ACTIVITIES: The project has four main activities:

  • Conduct a literature review of work on ‘soft’ skills across Canada to capture current thinking and efforts on ‘soft’ skill development;
  • Develop and implement a survey targeting a broad set of stakeholders across Canada (e.g. employers, service providers, educators, trainers, governments) to understand current practices, language, and views on ‘soft’ skills development;
  • Select a representative group of stakeholders (15-20), to be involved in a planning session to explore possibilities for the creation of a Canadian “soft skills” framework and its integration with the existing essential skills framework (stakeholders to be trained in consensus-based decision making and Collective Impact as part of the process); and
  • Write a report that summarizes the results from the project and providing recommendations for  reaching consensus on the development of a Canadian “soft skills” framework.

OUTPUTS: Principal outputs for the project include:

  • A summary of the existing ESDC Competency-based “soft” skills taxonomy;
  • An initial draft set of skills suited for initiating consensus discussions;
  • Recommendations for integrating “soft skills” into the existing essential skills framework;
  • A plan for developing a national consensus on ‘soft’ skills development and assessment;
  • Recommendations on how to render the taxonomy of practical use to front line application; and
  • A final report to ESDC.

FINAL REPORT: Final Report – Sharing Perspectives on Soft Skills Survey 06-11-2018 – PDF (427KB)

CONTACT: For more information about, or to express interest in participating in this project, please Contact Paul Brinkhurst, Futureworx, 587-226-7800, paulb@futureworx.ca.

Nova Scotia Works

Futureworx is now a Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre. We help job seekers and employers navigate a range of programs – from career planning, job searches and on-the-job development to recruitment, planning and HR support.

Employability Skills Assessment Tool

The Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT) provides a framework and quantitative assessment methodology for the development of nine employability skills: motivation, attitude, accountability, time management, stress management, presentation, teamwork, adaptability and confidence.

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Spaces available in programs starting at our Glenwood Drive location on February 3rd, 2020.

Both of our hands on employability programs: Environmental Services (cleaning), and Hospitality & Food Services are accepting applications. Don't delay, contact us right away!

Contact Information: Call us at (902) 895-2837 and speak with any staff about an information session or email amandas@futureworx.ca
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Commercial Safety College is hosting an Information Session about all of the programs they offer. Come in and have a chat on Friday, January 17th at 10 am. NS Works location in Truro!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Open to individuals, startups, and existing businesses!Are you an entrepreneur, existing business or start up? Check out @igniteatlantic and #start2020
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Information sessions to help workers and business owners affected by the announced closure of Northern Pulp make decisions about their future will begin next week.

The sessions will help people who are unemployed or planning ahead and want to access employment programs and services such as career coaching, job search help and training. Funding may be also be available to help find another job or get more training and there will also be information about Employment Insurance.

For more information about forestry sector support, visit www.novascotia.ca/forestry-sector-support .

Here is a list of planned sessions and contact information. People who want to attend are encouraged to register in advance using the contact information provided.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
• Career Connections, Summer Street Industries, 72 Park St., New Glasgow, 1– 3 p.m.
Phone: 1-844-344-1369 or email: information@careerconnections.ca
• YMCA Employment Centre, 12335 Hwy. 224 Middle Musquodobit, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Phone: 902-384-2390 or email: novascotiaworks@halifax.ymca.ca
• Employment Solutions, 176 Main St., Liverpool, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Phone: 1-866-711-0411 or email: info@empsolutions.ca

Thursday, Jan. 16
• Employment Solutions, 215 Dominion St., Bridgewater, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Phone: 1-866-711-0411 or email: info@empsolutions.ca

Monday, Jan. 20
• Opportunity Place, 108 Cobequid Rd., Suite 100, Lower Sackville 9:30 – 11:30
Phone: 902-864-7520 or email: staff@opportunityplace.ca

Tuesday, Jan. 21
• Futureworx, 42 Inglis St., Truro, 10 a.m. – noon
Phone: 902-893-6859 or email: janetd@futureworx.ca

Wednesday, Jan. 22
• YMCA Employment Centre, 22756 Hwy. 7, Bluewater Building, Sheet Harbour, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Phone: 902-885-2810 or email novascotiaworks@halifax.ymca.ca

Thursday, Jan. 23
• CANSA, 63 Victoria St., Amherst, 10 a.m. – noon
Phone: 902-661-1509 or email: elizabeth.cooke.sumbu@cansa.ca

Tuesday, Jan. 28
• Career Connections, 50 James St., Antigonish, 1– 3 p.m.
Phone: 1-844-344-1369 or email: information@careerconnections.ca
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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Futureworx (ESAT) is pleased to be one of the keynote speakers for the Distinctability Webinar series on Innovation and Assistive Technology. #innovation https://distinctability.ca/webinar-series/

What is it that a #CDP does? This #careermonth, take a moment to meet a #careerdevelopment professional in your area, and really feel supported as you strive to achieve your #career goals. https://careermonth.ca via @careermonth

First DEAM (Disability Employment Awareness Month) EVENT in Nova Scotia. Thank you @markwafer for speaking to our community partners this morning in Truro. @TEAMWork1997 #Inspire #Educate #InclusionMatters

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We are in search of an Instructor for a Restaurantworx Program in Antigonish.
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