New pilot helps prepare Canadians for the future of work


June 5, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario

Technology and automation continue to reshape Canada’s labour market, creating new opportunities and bringing forward new challenges. As Canadians navigate these changes, there is a growing need to provide support to help workers and meet their full potential in the digital economy.

Today, the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that Palette Inc., a pilot aimed at helping employers address their talent gaps by upskilling workers impacted by automation, will receive $1.1 million in funding to support the launch of its first program this spring.

Founded in 2017, Palette Inc. works with fast-growing companies to understand their talent challenges, then identifies displaced or precariously employed workers with the right underlying skills to transition into high-demand roles. This results in workers moving into more stable and high potential roles and companies finding the talent they need to grow.

“As the nature of work changes, Palette is creating new opportunities for mid-workers to transition their careers into high growth industries, while helping companies address skills shortages,” said AJ Tibando, Founder and Executive Director of Palette. "Through our upskilling programs, we are helping companies find the talent they need to scale, putting workers on a more stable and promising career path, and better positioning Canada to succeed in the digital economy."

Beginning in June 2019, Palette’s first pilot program, SalesCamp, consists of one week of intensive sales training followed by a multi-week part-time blended learning program, leading to a three-month paid job placement at a fast-growing Canadian tech company in the GTA. For its first program, Palette will be working with tech companies in the GTA, including D2L, Ceridian, Moneris, SOTI, Clearbanc, Top Hat, Riipen and Givex.

“We created Palette because we strongly believe in the limitless capacity of people to adapt and learn new skills, provided they are given the right opportunities and support,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, Co-founder of Palette. “By working with the Ministry of Science, Innovation & Economic Development, along with valued industry partners across Canada, we aim to demonstrate that with thoughtful training and preparation Canadian workers and firms can adapt and thrive in the innovation economy.”

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