A typical Palette program consists of a multi-week formal training program accompanied by a 3-month job placement in a role consistent with your training.


Our upskilling model is made up of three core components:


Core Skills

To ensure participants develop relevant, high-demand skills, we convene industry consortiums and work with them to identify their core skill needs and design a curriculum.


Industry-Led Training

To help participants develop referral networks, we have industry leaders in the classroom delivering programming and working alongside students on industry relevant projects.


Work-Integrated Skilling

To provide participants with industry relevant work experience, and building off of best practices in work-integrated learning and job readiness, trainees will receive apprenticeship-style job placements.


Who we help


We help fast-growing companies that are struggling to fill talent needs.


We support workers in the middle of their careers who are facing a career change.


Why we chose this model

Most retraining programs start by focusing on skills. They are built around the question: “What skills are employers looking for?” This positions the learning of new skills as the primary outcome. However, it is our belief that when it comes to retraining, skills are simply a means to securing a job. It is a job, not skills, that is the desired outcome.

We instead started with the question: “What does an employer look for when deciding to hire a worker?” After speaking to dozens of Canadian tech industry leaders, we identified 3 key indicators they consider when making hiring decisions:

  • Do they have the right skills and mindset for the job?

  • Were they referred by someone I know or do I know someone that can vouch for them?

  • Do they have work experience in a company like mine?

By asking these questions, we unlocked new insight into what it really takes to ensure a worker is well positioned to find a job in their field after retraining and designed our learning model to not only develop new skills, but to provide an employment onramp for workers that de-risks the process for all involved at every step of the way.