Ottawa, February 14, 2019 – In this age of rapid change and disruption, taking the time to reflect on the future of skills has perhaps never been more important. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is therefore very pleased with the creation of the new Future Skills Centre and looks forward to contributing to its important mission.
The Future Skills Centre was launched today in Toronto by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, along with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, who also named the members of the newly formed Future Skills Council that will inform the Centre’s priorities and investments. Colleges and institutes across the country will benefit from a strong and passionate voice on the Council, as CICan CEO Denise Amyot is one of its 15 members.
“I am very proud to have been selected to sit on the Council and look forward to working with colleagues from multiple sectors of the economy to develop a shared vision on the future of skills, work, and training in Canada”, said Denise Amyot. “Though disruptive technologies may pose a challenge, they also offer new opportunities to train the workforce of the future and ensure that Canadians have the skills they need to succeed for years to come and that no one is left behind.”
Led by the Conference Board of Canada, Blueprint and Ryerson University, the Future Skills Centre will operate at arm’s length from government and will be mandated to develop, test and rigorously measure new approaches to skills assessment and development.
About Colleges and Institutes Canada:
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the voice of Canada’s publicly-supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment with ongoing programs in over 25 countries. CICan’s members add over $190B to Canada’s economy each year and contribute to inclusive economic growth by working with industry and community partners to offer more than 10,000 programs to learners in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities.
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