Regional Workforce Development Committees Background
In November 2019, the provincial government mandated four new core activities for the NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC), including:
- To develop regionally tailored workforce development action plans, including:
- Development and dissemination of labour market information (LMI);
- Identification of priority focus areas for training and skills development;
- Collaborative use of labour market programs and services, including immigration related supports.
- These Regional Workforce Development Committees are to serve as planning platforms for localized labour market activities and initiatives.
10 Regions, 10 Committees
The Regional Workforce Development Committees are a collaborative project between NLWIC and the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS). Each Committee includes the participation of the following government entities at the regional level:
- The Department of Industry, Energy and Technology
- The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
- The Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills
- The College of the North Atlantic
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
- Service Canada
Invited stakeholders are local, regional and provincial stakeholders who have a vested interest in workforce development, who are identified by the Regional Workforce Development Committees to contribute to particular meetings.
Each Committee is part of the evaluation of a concurrent research project with the Future Skills Centre, “Testing and Evaluating the Impact of a New Workforce Development Model in Newfoundland and Labrador.”