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Enhance your impact as a practitioner with LaunchPad – the industry-specific workforce training program which applies a demand driven approach to skills development to meet the needs of employers and jobseekers, while enhancing your professional development.
Application close: August 4th - 18th
Program course dates: September 20 - December 17, 2021
To ensure fairness, applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications received by the original deadline of August 4th will be reviewed prior to those received following.
In response to feedback, the LaunchPad course will be offered at a shortened length of 13 weeks (previously 18 weeks). The 13-week course will focus on the dual-customer workforce approach and how to design industry specific programming using adult learning best practices. This content will support participants to identify a targeted occupation and sector, build partnerships, identify workforce needs and design pre-employment programming to meet identified needs.
The course will also include a module on Trauma Informed Practice and Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression. See the complete revised course outline for reference.
Agencies participating in LaunchPad will design and deliver industry-specific workforce programs that prepare vulnerable unemployed jobseekers for specific in-demand skills based on needs of regional employers, while building resilience, self-efficacy and confidence to support sustainable advancement toward client goals and labour market outcomes.
Clients will be delivered curriculum which is:
- Asset based,
- Goal-focused, and
Practitioners will receive training building on:
- Adult-learning best practices
- Demand-driven skills-development
- Trauma-informed methodology
This is a highly participatory course. Those staff participating (2-3 from each agency) should be comfortable discussing, sharing and learning with peers.
Apply to the LaunchPad program as an agency here.
This application will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Please note that ALL applications (one from the agency and one from each participating team member) must be received by August 4, 2021. A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 agency team members is required to participate in the course.
Applicants will be contacted by September 2nd, 2021 regarding your applications and the stage two interviews.
To ensure fairness, applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. LaunchPad applicants submitted by the original deadline of August 4th will be reviewed prior to those received beyond the original deadline. Please reference the FAQs and webinar if you have any questions.
The program is valued at $4,500; however, the program is being made available free of charge thanks to funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.