Who we are

Vision
An innovative culture for a productive workforce.

Mandate
To help research and test innovative workforce development models.

Organizational objective
Identify, test, evaluate and promote new approaches and better ways to help people become productive participants in the province’s workforce.

Key messages

  • We support innovative approaches to workforce development.
  • We test-learn-and adapt new or existing ways of strengthening our local workforce.
  • We fund research projects, promote best practices, build capacity and engage stakeholders.

History
In February 2017, the Provincial Government announced, as part of The Way Forward, the establishment of a new Workforce Innovation Centre at College of the North Atlantic’s Corner Brook campus. The centre will support and fund activities, research, designs and projects that demonstrate innovation and identify methods to better assists individuals prepare for, find, return to, or maintain sustainable employment. The Workforce Innovation Centre is supported by funding from the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement. Start-up funding of will be used to establish the centre’s office on campus, with additional funding allocated to successful proponents of accepted projects following a public call for proposals in spring 2017.

Our ecosystem
Population trends are creating new labour market challenges and labour market pressures are increasing. In order to meet these challenges, an enhanced focus on workforce innovation is needed to ensure the complementarity of existing, planned and potential future labour market and workforce innovation initiatives in the province.

Our role and value
The Workforce Innovation Centre represents a coordinated approach to engaging government, career and employment service providers, skills development organizations and stakeholders in the business and community sectors to help research and test innovative workforce development models. These innovative models are designed to address the specific needs of individuals, particularly underrepresented groups, and labour market partners to improve the economic well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The Centre supports initiatives that design, test and evaluate new and innovative approaches to employment and training that could be introduced to the broader community. For those projects demonstrating evidence of effectiveness or potential, the Centre develops opportunities for sharing best practices, including disseminating user-friendly, plain language, and actionable information and tools. All projects are rigorously monitored and evaluated.