8 episodes

Canada is facing wide-reaching demographic and technological changes that pose increasingly significant challenges to the world of work. The Future Skills Centre Podcast, presented by The Conference Board of Canada, will explore these crucial emerging challenges to the future of work. In each episode, we will unpack a unique issue facing Canadians and hear from varying perspectives—such as community members, decision-makers, and thought leaders—to discuss solutions and paths forward.

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Canada is facing wide-reaching demographic and technological changes that pose increasingly significant challenges to the world of work. The Future Skills Centre Podcast, presented by The Conference Board of Canada, will explore these crucial emerging challenges to the future of work. In each episode, we will unpack a unique issue facing Canadians and hear from varying perspectives—such as community members, decision-makers, and thought leaders—to discuss solutions and paths forward.

    S2 Ep. 01: Youth Employment and Skills Training for an Inclusive Recovery

    S2 Ep. 01: Youth Employment and Skills Training for an Inclusive Recovery

    We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. 
    We know that COVID-19 has had disproportionate economic impacts on certain groups, including women, youth, Indigenous peoples, and newcomers to Canada. We are experiencing an undesirable “K-shaped recovery” where certain individuals and sectors recover more quickly than others. 
    This episode highlights key challenges facing certain groups—such as Indigenous students and youth more broadly—when it comes to education and employment during the pandemic. We make the case for a more inclusive skills training strategy, that give all workers the skills to navigate a changing economy (and provides businesses the workers with the skills to help them adapt to future technological changes and economic shocks). 
    Kory Wilson from BCIT, and Chris Duff and Erick Pelayo Aubert from the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity join us to share their perspectives. 
     Links
    Recovery for All: Finding Equities in Education and Employment:  https://www.conferenceboard.ca/futureskillscentre/sounding-tours 
    Hire Next Tool: https://fsc-ccf.ca/projects/youth-jobs-ai/ 
    Indigenous ICT Development Centre: https://fsc-ccf.ca/projects/indigenous-ict-development-centre/ 
    Conference Board of Canada: https://www.conferenceboard.ca/ 
    Future Skills Centre: https://fsc-ccf.ca/ 
     Guests
    Kory Wilson – Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, BCIT
    Chris Duff – Executive Lead, Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity (CCYP)
    Erick Pelayo Aubert – Undergraduate student and Coordinator, CCYP
    Host
    Linda Nazareth

    • 21 min
    Ep. 06: Gig Economy and Independent Workers

    Ep. 06: Gig Economy and Independent Workers

    The nature of jobs is changing, with the growth of the gig economy and more work in all fields being tasked to contract workers, freelancers, and the self-employed. These independent workers lack the social support net that full-time employees benefit from. What are some ways to bridge the “support gap” and ensure that people don’t fall between the cracks in these precarious job markets?

    In our final episode of Season 1 of the Future Skills Centre podcast, we discuss this question and more with Armine Yalnizyan (Atkinson Fellow).

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    Old Gigs, New Gigs (Paper Authored by Carole Piovesan)Transcripts
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    • 38 min
    Ep. 05: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Work—WIL

    Ep. 05: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Work—WIL

    Canada ranks among the top countries in the world in terms of its rates of postsecondary education attainment as well as annual spending per postsecondary student. While a majority of education providers believe that our graduates are well-equipped for the workforce, a much lower proportion of students and employers share that belief.

    This points to a disconnect between the education and work worlds, one that could be bridged by incorporating real-world or experiential work into students’ education. The Business + Higher Education Roundtable aims to do just that, by ensuring that 100% of Canadian postsecondary students participate in a form of work-integrated learning before graduation. In our fifth episode of Season 1 of the Future Skills Centre podcast, we speak to Valerie Walker (Business Higher + Education Roundtable) to address some of these issues.

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    Business Higher Education RoundtableAre Canada’s Business Schools Teaching Social and Emotional Skills? (Paper Authored by Matthew McKean) Transcripts
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    • 32 min
    Ep. 04: Upskilling and Reskilling (Mid-Career Workers)

    Ep. 04: Upskilling and Reskilling (Mid-Career Workers)

    Reskilling and upskilling are now imperative for both employees and organizations to keep pace with the digital and technological innovations that are changing the way we work. This is creating a new echelon of positions—those that require brand new skills and those that require an enhanced skillset.

    Investing in reskilling and upskilling is critical at the organizational and individual level to ensure mutual preparedness and success in the new technology-driven world. But how can governments, organizations, and workers work together to ensure the right supports are being provided to those who need them most? In our fourth episode of Season 1 of the Future Skills Centre podcast, we speak to Glenda Quintini (OECD), Sashya D’Souza (Toronto Finance International), and Karn Singh (Cognizant) to answer some of these questions.

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    Automation, Skills Use and Training 
    (OECD Paper Co-Authored by Glenda Quintini)Why Returning to Toronto to Work in Financial Services Should Be Your Next Move (Toronto Finance International Blog Authored by Sashya D’Souza)Transcripts
    EnglishCe balado a été enregistré en anglais, mais vous pouvez en télécharger la transcription en français

    • 34 min
    Ep. 03: Skilled Trades—Transitioning to a Digital, Green, and Human Future

    Ep. 03: Skilled Trades—Transitioning to a Digital, Green, and Human Future

    Apprenticeships get a bad rap. All too often, we perpetuate negative images of the trades: dirty, low pay, and boring. These stereotypes couldn’t be further from the reality of work—young people who pursue an apprentice-able trade should expect intellectually stimulating work, increasingly diverse workplaces, and significant opportunity for financial reward.

    The knowledge and skills of our construction, manufacturing, automotive, and food service tradespeople can help support Canada’s transition to a more prosperous and sustainable future, but they will need resilience and teamwork to adapt to workplaces that are more efficient, automated, and digitally connected.

    What emerging skills will tradespeople require to adapt to future work trends? How are emerging technologies changing what and how apprentices learn? Will traditional physical labour become a thing of the past, replaced by a need for digital, green, and social and emotional skills? In our third episode of Season 1 of the Future Skills Centre podcast, we discuss these questions with Andrew Bieler (The Conference Board of Canada), Jeff Ranson (Canada Green Building Council – GTA), and Jim Szautner (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology).

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    Apprenticeships and “Future of Work” (Authored by Erica Smith)Interview with Jim SzautnerTranscripts
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    • 34 min
    Ep. 02: Addressing Inequalities in the Workforce

    Ep. 02: Addressing Inequalities in the Workforce

    Driven by an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens, the Future Skills Centre recognizes the competitive advantage that comes from fostering innovative solutions which address the needs of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups, including women, youth, newcomers, racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and people from Indigenous, rural, remote, and northern communities.

    Through authentic engagement with grassroots organizations and diverse communities across Canada, as well as the use of a strength-based and asset-focused perspective, knowledge and solutions are needed that shift the focus from just “fixing” job seekers to eroding systemic barriers to change our institutions, helping us build a more inclusive and equitable labour market. In our second episode of Season One of the Future Skills Centre podcast, we speak to Maya Roy (YWCA), Ed Ng (Bucknell University), and Jordan Wapass (The Conference Board of Canada) to take on some of these issues.

    Further reading:
    All on Board (Women on Boards Online Experience Co-Authored by Maria GiammarcoEmployment Gaps and Underemployment for Racialized Groups (Paper Co-Authored by Eddy Ng)Addressing the Causes of Indigenous Vulnerability to Pandemics—not Just the Symptoms (Blog Post Co-Authored by Jordan Wapass)Transcripts:
    EnglishCe balado a été enregistré en anglais, mais vous pouvez en télécharger la transcription en français

    • 27 min

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