November 28, 2018

Career Pathways – An Update

Back in May, we announced that Blueprint had been engaged by the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (OCWI) to evaluate two innovative approaches to skills development. The Career Pathways demonstration project—a partnership between the OCWI, Blueprint and Conestoga College— is testing the effectiveness of an approach to training that prepares learners with skills for entry-level employment and also offers a pathway towards further post-secondary credentials.

On November 28th, Blueprint President and CEO Karen Myers, Judy Doidge of the OCWI and Gail Jordan of Conestoga College, presented a workshop: ‘Using Career Pathways to Meet Skills Needs’ at The Conference Board of Canada’s Education and Skills Symposium. The workshop reviewed the key features of Career Pathways and provided strategies for participants to develop Career Pathways-aligned training models.

Career Pathways was also the topic of a presentation by Blueprint’s Max Palamar (Director of Analytics and Evaluation) at the Queen’s International Institute for Social Policy conference in August. Max’s presentation: “Up-skilling and re-skilling: What do we do?” addressed how skills training could be made to work and concluded that the Career Pathways model, through its multiple entry and exit points and career guidance and support, provides a framework for a system-wide approach to combining work and learning.

The presentation also formed the basis of an article: “Career Pathways” a promising model for skills training, that highlights much of the analysis shared by Max at the conference. Authored by Max Palamar and Kelly Pasolli (also of Blueprint) and released in Policy Options on November 22nd, the article can be viewed here.