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Future Skills Centre Announces $7.65 Million to Help Prepare Mid-Career Workers For New Opportunities

Ten new innovation projects will test and evaluate approaches to best support thousands of workers facing career transitions

Toronto, ON, July 9, 2019 –

Canada’s complex and changing labour market requires mid-career workers to adapt, retrain, and/or upskill to be successful today and in the future economy. We announced yesterday a $7.65 million investment for ten new innovation projects that will help identify the best training opportunities for mid-career workers. From skills assessment platforms and apprenticeships, to upskilling via a virtual reality simulator, thousands of Canadians across the country will participate in testing these novel approaches to skills development.

Many of these projects will engage mid-career workers in specific sectors that are experiencing, or are at-risk of, disruption and displacement, and help to identify ways to transition them into high-growth job opportunities. Others will explore common denominator barriers to successful career transitions and improving current services.

These projects will identify needs and test effective approaches to upskilling/skills training across the country:

In Calgary, exploring training types to help prepare and connect highly skilled oil and gas workers with high-demand jobs in the growing tech sector
In Nova Scotia, assessing the effectiveness of a virtual reality upskilling program for professional truck drivers
In Oshawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, identifying the specific skills needed by at-risk auto workers to transition to high-demand jobs in the mold-making and injection-molding trades
Testing training models that would upskill cashiers and meat processing workers across Canada for higher skilled jobs in the food and retail sectors
In Manitoba, assessing enhanced training programs for adult learners who experience “Learner Shock”, including feelings of frustration, confusion, and anxiety about mid-career transitions
Exploring upskilling opportunities that best support mid-career workers with disabilities across Canada, who are particularly vulnerable to displacement in today’s changing labour market
While today’s changing labour market can be challenging for many workers, mid-career workers with disabilities (MCWD) are both more vulnerable to market disruptions and face additional barriers to career adaptability.

Learn more about our innovation projects with full project descriptions : https://fsc-ccf.ca/innovation-projects/

Supporting Mid-Career Workers with Disabilities through Community-Building, Education and Career-Progression Resources with UOIT, York University, Nipissing University, Durham College, National Educational Association of Disabled Students, Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, Quebec Association for Equity and Inclusion in Post-Secondary Education

UOIT (Ontario Tech University), together with partners including the National Educational Association of Disabled Students, Council of Canadians With Disabilities, Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities and Quebec Association for Equity and Inclusion in Post-Secondary Education, has designed a project to assess MCWD needs and develop and evaluate tools and resources to increase their ability to make key decisions about career transitions.

While today’s changing labour market can be challenging for many workers, mid-career workers with disabilities (MCWD) are both more vulnerable to market disruptions and face additional barriers to career adaptability.

The Future Skills Centre will invest $650,632 in this project, which will take place over two years, and will impact hundreds of mid-career workers with disabilities across Canada.

The project has three aims: (1) to increase peer support and networking opportunities, (2) to develop career adaptiveness and related skills, and (3) to provide a sense of hope about work. This will be accomplished in three phases:

Identifying the needs and experiences of MCWD in their work ecosystem (employers and disability organizations/advocacy groups);
Developing tools and resources that match these needs, including an educational toolkit, peer-to-peer online network, career resources, and a virtual coaching series; and,
Testing and evaluating these tools and resources.

The tools and resources will be informed by research into the experiences, perceptions, and needs of mid-career workers with disabilities.

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“We are really happy that this theme resonated with so many regional, community-based, and academic organizations,” said Mel Wright, Interim Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre. “Together with our partners, we look forward to learning from these projects and contributing to a growing evidence base of innovative and effective approaches to skills and training for mid-career workers, for the benefit of all Canadians.”

“On behalf of our partners and the Interim Advisory Board, we are thrilled to announce the funding of these ten mid-career innovation projects,” said Steven Liss, Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University and Acting Chair of the Future Skills Centre Interim Advisory Board. “Their diversity in scope, formats, sectors, and regions remind us of the breadth of Canadian experiences and the need for local responses. In conjunction with a pan-Canadian strategy, this approach will help us become a nation of lifelong learners.”

“The nature of work is changing and Canadians need to be equipped with the skills necessary to find the good, quality jobs of the future. These ten new innovative projects will test new training approaches, across a number of sectors, to support Canadian workers to keep their skills up-to-date and in demand for the future Canadian economy,” said Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Workforce Development and Labour

About the Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead.

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Media Contact

Eglantine Ronfard
Communications Manager | Responsable Communication
Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures
Phone: 416.979.5000 ext: 544413
Email: eglantine.ronfard@fsc-ccf.ca

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Le Centre des Compétences futures annonce 7,65 M$ pour préparer les personnes en milieu de carrière aux nouvelles possibilités d’emploi

Dix nouveaux projets d’innovation mettront à l’essai et évalueront des approches pour mieux aider des milliers de personnes en transition de carrière

Toronto (Ontario), le 9 juillet 2019 – En raison de la complexité et de l’évolution constante du marché du travail canadien, les personnes qui se trouvent au milieu de leur carrière doivent s’adapter, se recycler ou améliorer leurs compétences pour réussir dans l’économie actuelle et future. Le Centre des Compétences futures – Future Skills Centre annonce aujourd’hui un investissement de 7,65 M$ pour dix nouveaux projets d’innovation qui permettront de déterminer les meilleures possibilités de formation pour les personnes à la mi-carrière. Qu’il s’agisse de programmes d’apprentissage et de plateformes d’évaluation des compétences ou de l’amélioration des compétences au moyen d’un simulateur de réalité virtuelle, des milliers de personnes partout au Canada participeront aux essais de ces nouvelles approches au développement des compétences.

Bon nombre de ces projets feront appel à des personnes en milieu de carrière qui travaillent dans des secteurs spécifiques et qui subissent ou risquent de subir des perturbations et des déplacements, et ils aideront à trouver des moyens de les réorienter vers des emplois à fort potentiel de croissance. D’autres projets se pencheront sur les obstacles communs à une transition de carrière réussie et sur la façon d’améliorer les services actuels.

Ces projets permettront de déterminer les besoins et de mettre à l’essai des approches efficaces en ce qui a trait à la mise à niveau et à la formation des compétences partout au pays. Voici quelques exemples de projets :

Calgary : exploration de divers types de formation pour aider à préparer et à jumeler les personnes hautement qualifiées travaillant dans l’industrie pétrolière et gazière à des emplois à forte demande dans le secteur croissant des technologies;
Nouvelle-Écosse : évaluation de l’efficacité d’un programme d’amélioration des compétences pour les camionneuses et camionneurs professionnels en utilisant un simulateur de réalité virtuelle;
Oshawa et Kitchener-Waterloo : détermination des compétences particulières dont ont besoin les travailleuses et travailleurs de l’automobile qui sont à risque pour les aider à faire la transition vers des emplois à forte demande dans les métiers de la fabrication de moules et du moulage par injection;
Mise à l’essai des modèles de formation qui permettraient d’améliorer les compétences des caissières et caissiers et des personnes travaillant dans la transformation de la viande partout au Canada dans le but de les affecter à des emplois plus spécialisés dans le secteur alimentaire et dans le commerce de détail;
Manitoba : évaluation des programmes de formation améliorés pour les personnes apprenantes adultes qui vivent un « choc d’apprentissage », dont des sentiments de frustration, de confusion et d’anxiété face aux transitions en milieu de carrière; et
Exploration des possibilités d’amélioration des compétences pouvant le mieux aider les personnes handicapées en milieu de carrière partout au Canada, dont la vulnérabilité aux déplacements est particulièrement marquée avec l’évolution actuelle du marché du travail.
« Supporting Mid-Career Workers with Disabilities », dirigé par l’UOIT, les universités York et Nipissing, le Collège Durham, l’Association nationale des étudiant(e)s handicapé(e)s au niveau postsecondaire, le Conseil des Canadiens avec déficiences, la Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, et l’Association québécoise pour l’équité et l’inclusion au postsecondaire.

Pour en savoir plus sur nos projets d’innovation : https://fsc-ccf.ca/fr/projets-innovation/

« Supporting Mid-Career Workers with Disabilities », dirigé par l’UOIT, les universités York et Nipissing, le Collège Durham, l’Association nationale des étudiant(e)s handicapé(e)s au niveau postsecondaire, le Conseil des Canadiens avec déficiences, la Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, et l’Association québécoise pour l’équité et l’inclusion postsecondaire (AQEIPS)

En collaboration avec des partenaires, dont l’Association nationale des étudiant(e)s handicapé(e)s au niveau postsecondaire, le Conseil des Canadiens avec déficiences, la Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities et l’Association québécoise pour l’équité et l’inclusion postsecondaire (AQEIPS), l’UOIT a conçu un projet pour évaluer les besoins des PHMC et pour élaborer et évaluer des outils et des ressources qui amélioreront leur capacité à prendre des décisions importantes dans leur transition professionnelle.

Le Centre des Compétences futures investira 650 632 $ dans ce projet, qui s’échelonnera sur deux ans et qui touchera des centaines de personnes handicapées en milieu de carrière au Canada.

Le projet aura trois objectifs : (1) accroître le soutien par les pairs et les possibilités de réseautage; (2) développer l’adaptabilité professionnelle et les compétences pertinentes; et (3) inspirer un sentiment d’espoir par rapport au travail. Cet objectif sera atteint en trois étapes :

déterminer les besoins et les expériences des PHMC dans leur écosystème de travail (employeurs, organismes pour les personnes handicapées et groupes de défense de leurs droits);
élaborer des outils et des ressources qui correspondent à ces besoins, y compris une trousse de sensibilisation, un réseau de pair à pair en ligne, des ressources sur les carrières et une série de séances d’encadrement virtuel; et
tester et évaluer ces outils et ces ressources.

Les outils et les ressources seront éclairés par la recherche sur les expériences, les perceptions et les besoins des personnes handicapées en milieu de carrière.

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« Nous sommes très heureux que ce thème ait trouvé un écho auprès de tant d’organismes régionaux, communautaires et universitaires », a déclaré Mel Wright, directrice administrative par intérim du Centre des Compétences futures. « Avec nos partenaires, nous avons hâte de voir ce que ces projets nous apprendront et de contribuer à l’élaboration d’une base croissante de données probantes sur des approches novatrices et efficaces pour former et développer les compétences des personnes en milieu de carrière, au profit de toute la population canadienne ».

« Au nom de nos partenaires et du conseil consultatif intérimaire, nous sommes ravis d’annoncer le financement de ces dix projets d’innovation de la mi-carrière, » a déclaré Steven Liss, vice-président à la recherche et à l’innovation de l’Université Ryerson et président par intérim du conseil consultatif intérimaire du Centre des Compétences futures. « La diversité de leur portée, de leurs formats, de leurs secteurs et de leurs régions nous rappelle l’ampleur de l’expérience canadienne ainsi que le besoin de réponses au niveau local. Combinée à une stratégie pancanadienne, cette approche nous aidera à devenir une nation d’apprenantes et d’apprenants permanents. »

« La nature du travail change, et les Canadiens doivent posséder les compétences nécessaires pour obtenir un bon emploi de qualité dans l’avenir. Ces dix nouveaux projets novateurs mettront à l’essai de nouvelles approches de formation dans plusieurs secteurs pour aider les travailleurs canadiens à s’assurer que leurs compétences demeurent pertinentes et recherchées pour la future économie canadienne, » a déclaré l’honorable Patty Hajdu, ministre de l’Emploi, du Développement de la main-d’œuvre et du Travail.

À propos du Centre des Compétences futures

Le Centre des Compétences futures — Future Skills Centre (FSC-CCF) est un centre de recherche et de collaboration avant-gardiste qui a pour mission de préparer les Canadiennes et Canadiens à la réussite professionnelle. Nous croyons que les citoyens et citoyennes du Canada devraient avoir confiance dans leurs compétences pour réussir dans un marché du travail en évolution. À titre de communauté pancanadienne, nous collaborons pour déterminer, mettre à l’essai, mesurer et partager avec rigueur des approches novatrices pour évaluer et développer les compétences dont les gens du Canada auront besoin pour réussir dans les jours et années à venir.

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Personne-ressource pour les médias :

Eglantine Ronfard
Communications Manager | Responsable des communications
Future Skills Centre—Centre des Compétences futures
Téléphone : 416-979-5000, poste 544413
Courriel : eglantine.ronfard@fsc-ccf.ca
https://fsc-ccf.ca/fr/nouvelles/milieu-de-carriere/

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The Colleges and Institutes Canada Career-Launcher Internship program connects employers with skilled grads by providing up to $15,000 towards an intern’s salary. Career-Launcher Internships are partnering with NEADS to facilitate the transition of highly-skilled postsecondary grads, including those with disabilities, to a rapidly changing labour market.

Don’t wait! A recent grad will bring new talent to your team, and the internship will allow them to gain meaningful work experience and the future skills needed for careers in digital tech, clean tech and natural resources.

Visit careerlauncher.ca to see whether your organization is eligible to receive funding. The program is funded by the Government of Canada as part of the Youth Employment Strategy.

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NeilSquire: We are hiring! We are looking for an Assistive Technology Assistant/Professional, an Occupational Therapist, and a Job Developer to join our Burnaby team. Learn more and apply today by clicking on this link. (British Columbia)

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Full Time Professorial Stream at York University – Assistant Professor – Work & Labour Studies – Closes March 8, 2019. Click on the following weblink.

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Career-Launcher Internships, which are paid, facilitate the transition of highly-skilled postsecondary grads to a rapidly changing labour market. College graduates with disabilities apply today by clicking on the following link: Career-Launcher Internships

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Employment Opportunity for Students with Disabilities – Summer 2019 Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

What you will gain

The Government of Canada wants to reduce the barriers that may prevent students with disabilities from participating fully in the workplace and from developing and acquiring the skills needed for the job.

Successful students will:

• benefit from support, training and networking once hired
• exposure to various jobs available within the Government of Canada
• be a part of a respectful and inclusive work environment
• be supported by the hiring manager who will ensure that appropriate workplace accommodations are put in place

CLOSING DATE: May 9, 2019

What you will do

Whatever your interest, the Government of Canada may have what you’re looking for.

You will be provided with a meaningful work experience in an exciting and engaging workplace environment within the federal public service.

Duration: Full-time and part-time (Summer 2019)
Possibility of re-hire during the next academic year

Managers will be able to request students until June 28, 2019.

What we are looking for

Students with a disability with various education backgrounds and interests who:
meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria
• you are a full-time high school, CEGEP, college or university student
• you are returning to full-time studies in the next academic year
• you meet the minimum age requirement in the province or territory of work

This includes students with full-time status classified by their school as having physical or mental health disabilities, and some adult secondary school students.

For more information, please contact your regional Public Service Commission office:

Atlantic Region
British Columbia and Northern Territories
Ontario and Prairies
National Capital Region and Eastern Ontario
Quebec Region

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens who meet the job requirements.

Submit your application and don’t forget to self-declare! Under the “Employment Equity self-declaration” section of your application, you must answer ‘YES’ to the question “Are you a person with a disability?” Only those who self-declare and meet the Federal Student Work Experience Program eligibility criteria will be considered.
CLOSING DATE: May 9, 2019

https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/srs-sre/page01.htm?poster=425&lang=en

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The 5th HIRE for TALENT webinar will provide participants with a general overview of the tools in the online employer toolkit. Duration: 20 minutes on July 12, 2018 at 3pm in Halifax

Register in advance: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_91sFfIV8Se-8CZQUOUDW6w

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Gearing Up for Workplace Mental Health – A Conference of Trucking HR Canada

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 9:00am to 1:00pm

Venue: Center for Health and Safety Innovation

Trucking HR Canada will host its first symposium on mental health in the workplace, October 30th in Mississauga.  The event is open to all trucking and logistics employers interested in learning about best practices and receiving practical tools on how to address the topic in their workplace.

The symposium, entitled Gearing Up for Workplace Mental Health, is a first step in increasing understanding and raising awareness on the importance of mental and psychological health in the workplace.  As part of Trucking HR Canada’s larger initiative to support employers on this evolving issue, the event will provide guidance on the implementation of practical resources and strategies for all occupations within the sector.

The half-day event will take place at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, running from 9am to 1pm. 

Early bird tickets are available now.
https://truckinghr.com/content/gearing-mental-health

 

Government of Canada announces $2.8 million for Trucking Human Resources Canada to help workers and employers in a changing economy

Posted on June 14, 2018 – 13:40  –

June 14, 2018  –   Gatineau, Quebec –  Employment and Social Development Canada –

E-commerce, modernized supply chains and innovative logistics processes are creating new opportunities in the trucking and logistics industry. We know it takes knowledge and information for workers, employers and post-secondary education institutions to take advantage of these opportunities and grow our economy.

That is why the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, has announced funding of $2.8 million to Trucking HR Canada through the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP), to develop the sectoral labour market information needed to shape the industry for the future.

This project supports the SIP’s goal to address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development and distribution of sector-specific labour market information. The project will develop bilingual innovative tools to help employers to recruit and retain employees from untapped labour pools, such as women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, visible minorities, veterans/transitioning military personnel and youth.

For this project, Trucking HR Canada has partnered with the Canadian Trucking Alliance, which represents the majority of for-hire carriers across Canada. The seven provincial trucking associations (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces) have also confirmed their support and commitment to the project. Engagement and consultation activities will be held across the country to ensure a national representation of the industry.

Sectoral labour market information reports will be released and made available online throughout the course of the project, which ends in summer 2021.
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“Economies are changing around the world, and that presents opportunities that we need to seize in Canada. Workers, employers and post-secondary education institutions need knowledge and information in order to shape the future of the trucking and logistics industry, and this project by Trucking HR Canada will help them do just that.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“The trucking and logistics industry is rapidly changing. A strong economic outlook, low unemployment rates, workforce shortages and technological change are all impacting fleet operations across the country. This project will enable us to better quantify labour needs to inform the development of practical tools and resources that will support employers, as well as better connect job seekers to the numerous career opportunities the industry offers.”
– Angela Splinter, CEO, Trucking Human Resources Canada
Quick facts

Trucks move 90 percent of all consumer products and food items within Canada, and the industry requires the skills of over 500,000 employees in a wide range of occupations.

There has not been any industry-validated sectoral labour market information in this sector since 2011.

This project comes following a call for proposals in fall 2017 for the SIP, which will allocate $55 million over 3 years.

https://truckinghr.com/content/government-canada-announces-28-million-trucking-human-resources-canada-help-workers-and

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New project focused on empowering trucking and logistics employers in addressing mental health in the workplace

 

https://truckinghr.com/content/trucking-hr-canada-launches-new-project-mental-health-workplace

More from Trucking HR Canada:

2018 Top Fleet Employers Gala Awards Dinner

Thursday, October 11, 2018 –

5:00pm to 10:00pm

Venue: 

The Palais Royale

Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet Employers Program is hosting its annual Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at the Palais Royale (Toronto, ON). Please join us, Top Fleet Employer honourees, and many other industry colleagues at this can’t-miss Gala Event.

With the program celebrating its 5th year, we have re-vamped the format for the evening’s festivities.  In addition to celebrating and recognizing all our 2018 honourees, recognition and awards at the Gala Event will include:

  • HR Leader of the Year Award
  • Top Awards including: Top small, medium, large, and private fleets
  • Achievements of Excellence Awards including: Workplace Culture, Training & Skills Development, Workplace Diversity, HR Innovator, Employee Satisfaction
  • Special recognition for the Top Fleet Employers of Distinction – those who have been recognized in the program for 5 years

Seating is limited!  Registrations are available for individuals or for tables of 10.  To purchase your tickets, please contact Cheryl for more information.

In keeping with the celebratory nature of the Gala Event, we kindly request a dress code of Business Formal or Cocktail attire.
https://truckinghr.com/content/2018-top-fleet-employers-gala-awards-dinner-1

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The Government of Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat is hiring 40 summer jobs through the Federal Student Work Experience Program! Please click on the link for more information: Youth Accessibility Summer Employment Opportunity for students (YASEO): Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

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Carleton University Accessible Experiential Learning Project (CUAEL) Description

What is Experiential Learning

The Carleton University Accessible Experiential Learning (CUAEL) project is a new experiential learning project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). Working collaboratively with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities and the Career Services Office, the CUAEL project aims to place 300 students with disabilities in employment opportunities and provide them with hands-on quality experiences while they obtain their post-secondary degree at Carleton University.

At Carleton, students with disabilities are now graduating at a rate on par with the general population. Carleton is well-placed to implement the CUAEL model program in employment preparation, with the objective of moving the employment success rate of students with disabilities towards par with the general population.

The CUAEL project will allow Carleton to build capacity with its employer partners, demonstrating the potential of students with disabilities and creating ongoing employer relationships that will continue after the Career Ready Fund period is complete.

The CUAEL Project Objectives and Scope (2018-2019)

We believe that by fostering meaningful connections and greater awareness of the benefits of hiring students with disabilities, these CUAEL goals will be met with great success!

CUAEL Funded Employment Placement Periods

In addition to the above, co-op and internship opportunities can be explored for your company’s involvement throughout the year.

Contact us now to get involved in this groundbreaking project and become an employer champion, by discovering and investing in the vast potential of our students!

https://carleton.ca/read/current-projects/cuael/

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HIRE for TALENT is looking for inclusive employers!

Are you an inclusive employer that’s had a positive experience hiring people with disabilities? Did you have the opportunity to use the HIRE for TALENT toolkit as a key resource while hiring people with disabilities?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, we would like to showcase your story on our website, Facebook and in our newsletters! For more information, please click here. For a PDF, please click here.

Êtes-vous un employeur inclusif qui a eu une expérience d’embauche positive avec des personnes en situation de handicap? Avez-vous eu la chance d’utiliser la trousse d’outils OPTEZ pour le TALENT comme ressource importante lors de l’embauche de personnes en situation de handicap?

Si votre réponse est OUI pour l’une de ces questions, nous voudrions partagez votre histoire sur notre site Web, page Facebook et nos bulletins d’information! Pour une version de ce document en format Adobe PDF, veuillez cliquer ci-dessous.

 

 

 

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