We are committed to learning, testing and adapting to the newest insights on the future of work. The facts, numbers and thinking behind our model comes from the research below.
The Future of Work and Learning brings together new perspectives on the education and workforce development sector’s role in preparing people for the future of work in Canada’s rapidly changing knowledge economy. Findings in this report focus on the growing importance of the education and training systems in helping prepare workers and employers for the future of work.
Understanding the Talent Gap: Lessons + Opportunities for Canada captures insights from a series of roundtables held with fast-growing tech companies to better understand their talent needs and the barriers they face in attracting and retaining workers. These insights begin to peel away the layers of skills and attributes employers are looking for to better understand what is most important and how to identify untapped labour pools to find it.
Breaking Into Tech provides a complete picture of the talent and skills needs of tech companies, as well as the different routes that workers travel to gain entry into the tech sector in Waterloo region. It explores the challenges tech companies face in finding the right workers with the right skills and matching them to the right job without a clear set of guidelines and formula for success and provides a set of key takeaways for employers and aspiring tech workers alike, on the process of finding and retaining top tech talent.
Automation Across the Nation: Understanding the potential impacts of technological trends across Canada is a data insights report that begins to identify how susceptible Canada’s different regional economies to automation. It aims to inform the design of policies and programs that seek to mitigate the potential negative impacts associated with rapidly advancing technology.
The Talented Mr. Robot: The impact of automation on Canada's workforce begins to reveal the effects that automation could have on the Canadian labour force. It identifies Canadian occupations that are at a high risk of being affected by automation, identifies income, education and demographic characteristics of Canadian occupations based on their risk of being affected by automation, and explores how automation is expected to impact the specific tasks that the Canadian labour force performs.
Better, Faster, Stronger: Maximizing the benefits of automation for Ontario’s firms and people explores the risks and rewards automation poses for industries and workers in Ontario by examining trends in the economy as a whole, gathering local insights from across the province, and conducting an in-depth analysis of two key sectors in Ontario that are broadly representative of these trends — manufacturing and finance and insurance.
Learning Nation: Equipping Canada's workforce with skills for the future is a report by the Advisory Council for Economic Growth outlining the need for a 'third pillar' for workforce training, beyond the post-secondary education system (first pillar) designed to prepare people for entering the workforce and the employment assistance system (second pillar) designed to support people when they leave the workforce. This third pillar would be focused on supporting workers adapt and upskill while they are currently in the workforce.
Towards A Reskilling Revolution: A future of jobs for all provides a valuable new tool that will help individual workers, companies, and governments to prioritize their actions and investments. Using big data analytics of online job postings, the methodology in this report demonstrates the power of a data-driven approach to discover reskilling pathways and job transition opportunities.
Explaining our story, motivation and latest thinking on Canada’s digital economy.
Illuminating a new narrative on the future of work in Canada.
A deeper look at new research by the UK government on the growing potential of mature workers.
A piece by yours truly that profiles who mid-careers are and the promise that their skills offer for fast-growing tech companies.
An interesting read on what automation is beginning to look like in the retail sector.
A fascinating read that dives into the dangers and possibilities that more automation and artificial intelligence could drive.
Top experts acknowledge the need for life-long learning and for new skills that are highly non-technical. Check out the top takeaways from a Stanford symposium on the future of work with industry leaders, academics and students.
A great reading list of short articles, books and opinions on the future of work by the Business & Higher Education Roundtable.