April 2023 News Bulletin


NLWIC On the Road!

This spring, NLWIC team members are busy taking part in events all over the island!

During April 23-25, Director Sharon McLennon and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator Susanne Dawe took in the Opportunity Placentia Bay Conference & Tradeshow in Marystown. Susanne participated in the panel "Industry Outlooks" and spoke about opportunities in workforce development (hint - start by engaging with NLWIC!)

On April 26 - 28, the team is in Gander for Central MinEx 2023. Sharon is the keynote and moderator for the panel session "Workforce Supply and Demand" - Susanne is one of the panelists and it's sure to lead to some really interesting discussion.

And from May 5-7, you will find NLWIC in Port aux Basques for Lifestyle Expo 2023: Live. Work. Play! Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator Susanne Dawe and Workforce Development & Engagement Coordinator Melissa Feaver will be presenting a session on Friday about NLWIC and the work the Regional Workforce Development Committees are doing. On Saturday, they are hosting a workshop to engage employers in the region and learn about their labour force challenges and opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Symposium on Skills Translation The College Student Success Innovation Centre (CSSIC), May 2, 2023, 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT (10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. NL Time), Virtual

Do post-secondary institutions and employers “speak the same language” when it comes to skills? Join CSSIC at Mohawk College as they share the outcomes of the Future Ready Skills Translator project and explore the translation of skills-based performance expectations between post-secondary and employment contexts.

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Labour Market Outcomes of Immigrant Youth in Canada Labour Market Information Council (LMIC), May 2, 2023 | 2-4 p.m. EDT (3:30-5:30 NL Time), Virtual

Join LMIC for a panel and discussion about the experiences of newcomer and immigrant youth in Canada’s labour market, featuring youth, researchers and career service providers.

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Tourism Startup Event Navigate, Grenfell-MUN, May 5 - 5-9 p.m. NT, May 6 - 10 a.m-5p.m., Centre for Research & Innovation, Corner Brook + Virtual

This pitch competition aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs address tourism industry challenges. You will be part of a team that "starts up" a new enterprise and meet fantastic mentors & coaches who will guide you through the startup process.

Bonus: NLWIC Director Sharon McLennon is one of the judges!

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Regional Climate Workshops Harris Centre, econext, CLIMAtlantic, May 8, 2023 12-5 p.m. NT, 1 Mill Rd, Grenfell, Corner Brook

Are you concerned about the impact climate change will have on your community and region? Do you have some ideas for adaptation strategies? The focus of these sessions will be to discuss the effects of climate change at a regional level, to explore regional options for climate adaptation, and identify potential regional development opportunities related to climate action. 

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Future Workforce: How Will Canada Compete?

Globe & Mail, May 15, 2023, 12:15 a.m.-4:40 p.m. EDT (1:45 p.m.-6 NL Time), Globe & Mail Centre, Toronto + Virtual

There are currently more than one million vacant jobs in Canada, according to a 2022 report. Also, 40% of organizations are facing near-record high labour shortages, limiting their capacity for growth. This event will bring experts and leaders together to discuss how we might shape a long-term strategy to build the workforce of the future, compete globally, and achieve prosperity.

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Innovation in Action

What is a labour market? Labour Market Information Council (LMIC)

When people think of markets, they often think of a physical or virtual market where people exchange goods and services. But what is a labour market?

A labour market is a type of market in which “buyers” (employers) and “sellers” (job seekers) exchange services. As an employee, you exchange your talent and effort for remuneration in the form of a wage, salary, bonus, or other payment.  

In this context, the items exchanged in the market are your time, knowledge, skills, and abilities, all bundled together. Economists often refer to these as human capital.

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Canadian Innovation Week May 15-19

Powered by The Rideau Hall Foundation, Canadian Innovation Week is a 5-day celebration recognizing and supporting ingenuity across all sectors. Organizations across the country share stories of inspiring Canadian innovators and innovations that are changing the world one idea at a time.

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On Our Radar

Most desirable skills for the future of work are definitely not soft Future Skills Centre

Digital Occupation Pathways: From Vulnerable Jobs to Rapid-Growth Careers CBoC

What businesses can do to attract and retain older workers CERIC

Labour Market Implications for Racialized Youth

Diversity Institute

Atlantic Canada's Emission Reduction Challenge: The economics of greening your business APEC

New Research Shows Women-owned Businesses Gaining Ground WEKH

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Established in 2017 by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by College of the North Atlantic, NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) has a provincial mandate to provide a coordinated, central point of access to engage all labour market stakeholders about challenges, opportunities and best practices in workforce development.

NLWIC’s goal is to promote the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact employability, employment and entrepreneurship within the province’s labour force and particularly underrepresented groups. Funding for NLWIC is provided by the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.

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