Palette Skills named as a national delivery partner for the Upskilling for Industry Initiative

Palette Skills is delighted to have been selected as a national delivery partner for the Upskilling for Industry Initiative.

With this initiative, the Government of Canada is investing $250 million in funding over three years to make Canada’s skills ecosystem more responsive to industry needs by putting employers at the forefront of solutions to upskill our workforce.

Empowering Canadian Workers For the Future Economy

This investment is expected to help more than 15,000 Canadian workers, including those from underrepresented groups, transition into new jobs in high-growth sectors such as: 

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How Palette Skills is Revolutionizing Upskilling 
for Mid-Career Workers

Over the past six years, Palette Skills has established itself as a leader in developing new ways to upskill workers and transition talent, particularly mid-career workers, into high-demand roles in fast growing industries.

The Upskilling for Industry Initiative funding will enable us to scale our impact across Canada by working with our network of partners to deliver demand-driven upskilling programs that focus on moving workers into jobs quickly.

Why Palette Skills is a Leader in Developing 
Industry-led Upskilling Programs

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Organizational Understanding

Our experience testing, iterating and proving new models for cross-sector career transitions for untapped workers tells us that, with the right understanding of the problem and a well-designed model, it’s possible to adapt our domestic workforce to address the talent needs of the future.

Industry-Driven Upskilling

Our programs succeed because they are based on an innovative theory of change. Palette believes that upskilling works because it builds employer trust in the process. A demand-driven strategy is essential to ensure jobs are available for participants once the program is completed.

Potential Focused Recruitment

Our potential-focused recruitment evaluates a person’s potential to succeed in the field, and not their previous accomplishments. This ensures that programs are tapping into untapped potential labour markets, and not replicating existing barriers within the ecosystem.

Bridging the Skills Gap for High-Demand Industries

Palette Skills will be re-distributing funds to future partners to develop and launch upskilling programs across the country.

We’re looking to support the development of short-cycle programs (4 to 16 weeks) that consist of a mix of specialized technical training and general business and interpersonal skills across six key sectors of the Canadian economy.

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Policy & Impact

We understand that impactful policies and initiatives are essential for success. That’s why we prioritize both policy and impact in our work, ensuring that our upskilling programs are not only effective but also equitable and sustainable. 

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Palette Skills comprises seasoned leaders from diverse industries, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide the organization’s mission to upskill the Canadian workforce.

About Palette Skills

Palette Skills runs rapid upskilling programs designed to help participants quickly get jobs in growing industries. All of our programs are built with employers and industry partners and provide ongoing job search support.

Eligibility for SalesCamp

To be admitted and accepted into the program, you must be:
  • Be actively searching for work and ready to take on employment opportunities tech sales.
  • Be able to legally work in Canada. 
  • Not be a full-time student.
  • Be a highly motivated individual actively seeking out new opportunities.
  • Have least 3 years of formal work experience in Canada or abroad.
  • Have an English language rating of CLB Level 8, or IELTS of 6.5 overall.
  • Be available for Zoom sessions, many of which will be full-time.
  • Be able and committed to attending networking day events as part of regular programming.
  • Be comfortable using technology and learning online.
  • Live or intend to live in the province where the program is being offered.
  • Have a reliable internet connection, device, and a quiet environment for virtual learning.
  • Be committed and able to join the Canadian workforce full-time immediately following the program.
You may not be eligible if:
  • You do not pass our application and/or interview skills assessment. 
  • You are not actively searching or able to start a job in business-to-business tech sales.
  • You are not able to legally work in Canada.
  • You do not reside in the province where the program is operating.
  • You are going to school full-time.
  • You do not have three years of work experience outside of your studies.
  • You are interested in taking SalesCamp solely for learning purposes, but are building your own business and not intending to work in the field.

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