Skills Enhancement for Newcomers

Skills Enhancement for Newcomers helps newcomers to Canada develop the skills, knowledge, and practice unique to Canadian workplaces, enhancing their employment profiles.

The program brings together colleges and institutes and their employer partners from across the country to design and deliver new national microcredentials focused on Communication, Collaboration, and Adaptability, three of the competencies identified by Skills for Success. Skills for Success is a framework developed by Employment Skills and Development Canada that identifies nine skills needed to participate and thrive in learning, work, and life.

Over two years, 1,000 newcomers will benefit from these targeted microcredentials designed to enhance their existing professional and employability skills and ease their entry into the Canadian labour market. The program also engages employers nation-wide to ensure the microcredentials are credible and align with the needs of employers.

Skills Enhancement for Newcomers encourages innovators to think creatively about the economic and social challenges faced by newcomers and the importance of facilitating their integration into the Canadian labour market. This is one of the first examples of using national microcredentials to respond to labour market challenges.

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4
Quality Education
Goal 8
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 10
Reduced Inequalities
We link businesses, educators, and communities. Our national programs and projects build connections that help to identify and respond to growing needs at the local, regional, and national levels. These connections ensure that opportunities for learners are relevant, accessible, and responsive, and that those entering the workforce are equipped with the skills that employers want.

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Skills Enhancement for Newcomers is funded by the Government of Canada’s Skills for Success program.