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January 27, 2020

International Development: Education for Employment 101

This International Development Week (IDW) we join Global Affairs Canada in celebrating the incredible work of Canadians! Next week, from February 2-8, IDW will mark its 30th anniversary with the exciting theme “Go for the Goals,” referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

#GoForTheGoals calls on us to engage collectively in collaborative and positive change for a better world. Education for Employment (EFE) is our staple international sustainable development program, funded by Global Affairs Canada, with seven projects currently operating in 15 countries. EFE helps us #GoForTheGoals in a number of ways:

  • SDG 4 Quality Education: In a nutshell, EFE involves partnerships between Canadian colleges and institutes and TVET institutions in developing countries. Through these partnerships, Canadian institutions share their expertise in the development and implementation of competency-based programs, provide training and help to develop pedagogical strategies for local instructors, while strengthening relationships with local businesses and employers – all with the goal of building a comprehensive, sustainable, and inclusive education system tailored to the socio-economic realities of each country.
  • SDG 5 Gender Equality and SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities: One of the keys to consistent economic growth is an inclusive and diverse labour market. As such, each and every partnership established through EFE programs has a primary objective of helping vulnerable populations achieve parity. In many countries, this means women – in fact, all EFE programs directly support Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy – Indigenous populations and racial minorities, immigrants, and other vulnerable groups.
  • SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: the Canadian college and institute system has a proven track record of working closely with employers to develop programs and curriculums that meet pressing labour-market requirements and deliver graduates equipped to find and maintain good jobs. EFE capitalizes on this know-how to improve labour-market outcomes for graduates in developing countries and encourage local economic growth.
  • SDG 13 Climate Action: as we inch closer to the 2030 deadline set for achieving the SDGs, there is a renewed need to ensure that development integrates principles of sustainability and ecological stewardship within a green economy. By bringing college and institute expertise to developing countries, EFE programs help transform key sectors such as mining and natural resources, water and coastal management, and ecotourism with flexible and adaptable green skills, and strengthen partnerships between TVET institutions and local businesses to develop sustainable solutions.

Learn more about Education for Employment and international development in two of our reports: Skills Development as a Means to Women’s Empowerment, and Green Skills for Sustainable Economic Growth.EFE projects are currently operating in the Caribbean, operating in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Lucia; in Africa, operating in Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, and Tunisia; and in the Pacific Alliance, operating in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Putting quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, and climate action at the heart of its international development strategy, Education for Employment has wide-reaching impact that touches on all 17 of the SDGs by empowering all people to achieve their full potential through education.

Last chance to register for the upcoming symposium on continuing education

Our National Symposium on Continuing Education is taking place next week – don’t miss your chance to register!

With the theme, Responding to Employers’ Needs – New Collaborations for New Skills, this interactive event will gather leaders in continuing education to discuss emerging themes in lifelong learning, including trends in the labour market, innovative models and approaches, and institutional readiness. Explore the program online!

The event will also include keynotes from: Pedro Barata, inaugural executive director of the Future Skills Centre; and, The Honourable Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Join us in Toronto, ON, from February 6-7, 2020!

Be engaged and challenged at this year’s conference!

At our 2020 Connection Conference, we are taking our traditional networking sessions to a new level with Thought Forums, engaging participants on hot topics, sharing insights and first-hand experiences!

With topics such as delivering on the SDGs, innovations in reconciliation, student mobility, supporting student wellness, and taking advocacy local, be prepared to be engaged and challenged!

Don’t miss the event in Montreal from May 3 to 5 – early bird registration ends on March 15.

Provide technical assistance in Tunisia

Our Tunisia Al-Najah Education for Employment (EFE) program is currently looking for technical assistance in the Development of new training programs and support for economic development, job creation and new businesses in Sidi Bouzid, Tozeur, and Médenine in Tunisia! This call for proposals includes three institutional partnerships for competency-based co-constructed licensing programs; short-term training programs; technical and pedagogical teacher training; entrepreneurship; and partnerships between colleges, institutes, and businesses:

  • In Sidi Bouzid Region B-03, partnerships will specialize in food processing;
  • In Tozeur Region B-04, partnerships will specialize in renewable energies; and,
  • In Médenine Region B-06partnerships will specialize in renewable energies.

EFE Tunisia Al-Najah is a 4-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada. The deadline for submission is February 14, 2020.

The TD Insurance Make A Difference Challenge is back!

After a successful first edition bringing together over 633 participants from 50 different countries, TD Insurance is looking for new initiatives to improve its impact on society and enrich the lives of its customers, communities, and colleagues as part of its Make a difference 2 challenge!

Whether you’re a novice or an expert in the world of insurance, this challenge is an opportunity to demonstrate your creative potential. Submit an idea for a unique prototype, innovative programme, or new offering.

This year’s challenge is open to post-secondary students in teams of 2-5. Participants are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, experiment with ideas, and push their limits to develop impactful initiatives! Learn more online.

ATTN Young Leaders: Participate in the WFCP’s Youth Camp

Join the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) and young leaders from around the world at the upcoming WFCP’s International Youth Camp, from October 12-16, 2020 in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain!

Taking place immediately prior to the WFCP’s 2020 World Congress, the camp gathers young from the host country and international guests to discuss the state of professional and technical education and training from the perspective of students in the sector through workshops and social and cultural activities. Learn more and register.

There is also still time to nominate your institution for the WFCP Awards of Excellence in one of eight categories: Access to Learning and Employment, Applied Research, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development, Leadership Development, Higher Technical Skills, Student Support Services, and Partnership with Industry. Nominations are open until February 28, 2020 and are open to WFCP members and their member institutions. 2018 award recipients included eight Canadian colleges and institutes!

Working together to strengthen Indigenous research and training

Launched in 2017, the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) released its new strategic plan last week: Setting new directions to support Indigenous research and research training in Canada, after a multi-stream engagement exercise with Indigenous partners and communities across the country.

The new plan identifies strategic directions to guide the building of new models to support the future of Indigenous research and training. It represents the Government of Canada’s commitment to establishing a new relationship with Indigenous peoples – one that creates a more equal society that respects the value of traditional knowledge systems and is based on mutual respect.

CRCC plays an important role in reinvigorating Canada’s support for science to meet the current and future needs of the country’s scientists, scholars and students and was created to improve the coordination efforts of Canada’s granting agencies.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that the Cégep de Chicoutimi recently inaugurated a unique augmented reality installation for sharing information with the public? Visitors to the Zone CChic can learn about program offerings, student life at the cégep, and workforce needs for key sectors. Passersby can even virtually visit 16 different sites on campus! A unique way to show the community what the cégep has to offer!


Niagara College announced that Sean Kennedy would take over president and CEO upon the retirement of Dan Patterson later this year. Kennedy has 20 years of leadership experience in postsecondary and is currently serving as Niagara College’s senior vice president, International.

Thompson Rivers University announced the appointment of Brian Daly as the institution’s new vice president of university relations. Daly has 25 years of leadership experience in Canadian postsecondary education.


Leadership Institutes

Register for this year’s upcoming Leadership Institutes.

Send Us Your News

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