Artwork source: LMIC
You might have missed the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC)
and the Future Skills Centre (FSC)
report, Are Adults Making Use of Career Services in Canada?
, released last November. There is a ton of information to unpack that might be helpful to you.
For those who don't have time to read the entire report, here are their 3 Key Findings
- Only one in five adults in Canada use career services
- Adults who use career services find it helpful
- Most adults in Canada aren't accessing career services
Distilling the report down to 3 points is entirely reductive for such an evidence-based read. Still, it got me thinking about how ASPECT can help promote and support career services both provincially & federally?
Candy Ho, from the University of the Fraser Valley, in her companion article to the report, called Two Ways We Can Connect More Adults to Career Services in Canada
, suggests that:
- We need to build a broader understanding of what career development is.
- We need to make sure career professionals are equipped with the information Canadians need most.
Regarding point 1, my job as an advocate has been to educate funders and policymakers about the work you do; its importance in preparing clients for work while meeting Canada's growing labour market needs. Clearly, as the LMIC/FSC report shows, ASPECT still has more work to do in promoting career services.
Regarding point 2, over the years I have heard from members about the need to access local labour market information. Although there are great resources such as LMIC’s Online Job Posting dashboard
, the BC Government’s WorkBC site
, and the BC Labour Market Report
, much of the community-focused research is still being done by our members. It requires collaboration and relationship-building with employers, economic development organizations, and others to meet community needs.
The LMIC/FSC report also suggests expanding Career Development Practitioner training to align with the new CDP Competency Framework
, a framework that ASPECT is proud to have had a part in developing. While I will continue building awareness, help is needed from you to develop training opportunities that align with the competency framework. We currently have a call-out for presenters (see below).
I see the LMIC/FSC report and its recommendations as a call to action and will continue to work toward ASPECT answering that call.