“Our research helps business and government address the shortage of technical workers, essential skills levels and underemployment.”– Janet Lane
Human Capital Centre
We help businesses and governments match jobs to skills & skills to jobs, ensuring people’s essential skills and competencies are being used to full advantage, and increasing productivity.
In Canada, there are 1.32 million people without jobs, yet there are 400,000 jobs needing people. There is a shortage of people with needed technical skills, even in provinces hit hard by low energy prices.
Our research is focused on competencies – what people know, do and understand – and on a competency-based approach to build a better workforce, so that:
• Employers find the right people, with the right skills, in the right places, at the right time.
• People gain the skills employers are looking for (or recognize the value of the ones they already have), and find jobs that more effectively use their competencies.
• Education and apprenticeship systems, while fulfilling a broader mandate, respond better to the needs of students and apprentices to develop skills for success in the workforce.
We are continuing to build on already completed original, useful and practical research and recommendations, including:
The following are specific projects we are undertaking:
A pan-Canadian competency framework:
Yes, we can
People develop useful competencies (often quite different from formal credentials), which can be put to good use in various industries and occupations. Too often, neither those people, nor employers with jobs that need filling, recognize those competencies. How do we know the competencies employers are looking for? What are the competencies that people have developed? And how do we match them up? Our work will address the potential of competency-based models of education, training, assessment and certification, and how to build a pan-Canadian competency framework.
Indigenous economic engagement:
Getting to prosperity
In partnership with our Natural Resources Centre, we will look at what works in building Indigenous economic success, as well as what skills and competencies are most often found in communities and individuals who have been successfully engaged in the economic opportunities of resource development.
A success story of competencies at work
Despite being recognized for its world class safety program, and fully “certified” employees, Waiward Steel Inc. experienced four serious safety incidents between 2010 and 2012. The leadership team vowed to make changes. Waiward implemented a competency-based approach to its workforce, and four years later, it has achieved a 900 per cent improvement to its safety record. Our Waiward case study will result in recommendations on competency frameworks and how to implement them, useful to businesses, governments and unions.
Laid-off oil, gas and mining workers:
Competent for jobs in other sectors
Laid-off oil, gas and mining workers have developed significant competencies that can be useful in other sectors and occupations – but the problem is that neither they nor potential employers realize it. This work will analyze the competencies that have been developed, where they are needed, and how to match people looking for work with available jobs.