Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Bernard Davis, announced more than $1 million for three research projects. The projects were approved through the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre and will help strengthen the province’s workforce.
The announcement was made at College of the North Atlantic’s Prince Philip Drive Campus. Minister Davis was joined by Bruce Hollett, President and Chief Executive Officer of College of the North Atlantic; Sharon McLennon, Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre; representatives of the successful proponents; and, stakeholders.
The research projects supported are:
$616,866 to Choices for Youth: Applied Research on Supportive Training, Social Enterprise and Employment First Practices for the Future of NL which will assess and analyze options for education, training and work and how these relate to changing socio-economic conditions, especially for marginalized youth;
$229,705 to the St. John’s Board of Trade: Research on Barriers and Opportunities to Workforce Participation for Older Workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, which will explore the barriers older workers face in the labour market, and optimizing opportunities; and,
$227,211 to Academy Canada: Enhancing Employability through Soft Skills Development, which will focus on post-secondary institution graduates, including under-represented groups and the public, throughout the province.
To date, there have been 17 projects supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre. They are selected on established criteria that focus on job creation and economic development, as well as and the objectives of the Newfoundland and Labrador Research and Innovation program.