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  • 06 September 2019 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The intervals of change -- the time between when technology or ideas are introduced, adopted, and becomes a part of everyday life -- are shortening. Being able to identify trends that are going to stick around is a skill in great demand.  With this in mind, I wanted to draw your attention to some research and opportunities coming your way.

    The Brookfield Institute

    In mid-August, the Brookfield Institute released part two of their Employment in 2030 initiative.  Entitled Sign of the Times: Expert insights about employment in 2030, the report outlines the results from workshops held across Canada to answer some of the following questions:  Will creativity be the most important skill for employability in Canada in 2030? Do all Canadians need to learn how to code? Should Canadian workers focus on building their soft skills?

    Part one, which was released in April this year, is called Turn and Face the Strange: Changes Impacting Employment in Canada. This report looks back at 2018 and then tries to address the trends of the future such as technological change, globalization, demographic change, environmental sustainability, urbanization, increasing inequality, and political uncertainty.

    Future Skills Centre

    You've likely already seen it but in case you haven't, there is a call for proposals that closes later this month. According to the information on the Future Skills Centre website, the proposals should try to answer and address the following questions:
    1. How can we best support Canadians facing labour market disruption to transition to new jobs or industries?
    2. How can employers be more effectively engaged in developing and delivering demand-driven solutions to skills gap challenges?
    3. How can skills development systems be optimized, building up the capacity of service providers and encouraging collaboration between organizations?  
    We may not be futurists, but ASPECT members are the experts because you are on the ground working in the community with job-seekers and employers. You are able to notice the gaps in funding and programs before anyone else, and it's my job to distribute that information to researchers and government on your behalf.  Take a moment to email your thoughts on the subject and I'll get them to where they need to be.  

    Janet Morris-Reade
  • 16 August 2019 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this week, I met virtually with the BC Prior Learning Action Network (BCPLAN) board of directors for our monthly meeting. One vein of conversation was a comment on a presentation about women in an industry that has low female participation.  Some mentioned how uncomfortable they felt about having it presented by an older Caucasian man who seemed tone deaf to the challenges faced by women. The presentation was two months ago, and even though many had recognized their discomfort at the time, no one had voiced it until our meeting. We decided right then and there that it is our responsibility to ourselves, BCPLAN, the working environments in which we lead, and to those who are not yet in leadership positions to speak up for diversity in gender, in culture, ability, and race. 

    Women in leadership bring better business performance

    I was delighted to read this morning that the International Labour Organization had released a report called the Business Case for Change (May 2019) where it  posits that women in leadership is good for business.  As much as I would like to promote my own feminist agenda, the quest for balance and diversity in the work world is, I think, the key takeaway here. It's something that we strive for at ASPECT acknowledging that there is still a lot of learning to be done.

    Diversity at the ASPECT Conference

    Our goal every year is to put together a program for the ASPECT Conference that promotes learning about the diverse needs in our sector. We try to draw presentations from all specialized serving groups as well as providing professional development opportunities for front-line workers, administrators, community developers, and leaders and emerging leaders.

    One of the topic workshops we are trying to fill is a session on adopting Truth and Reconciliation into a work environment. Last year, Rhonda Terbasket from the Okanagan Training and Development Council delivered a session on First Steps to Reconciliation.  Sadly, Rhonda passed away earlier this year and we are looking for an ASPECT member or stakeholder to volunteer to present at the conference. In payment, we are able to offer a free conference registration valued at $425. Help us continue to make the ASPECT Conference a diverse learning experience that represents all our members.

    Janet Morris-Reade
  • 09 August 2019 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As an assignment for my Master's program and a way to communicate to our board and members what were are doing, I created a map of ASPECT advocacy contacts and the quality of the relationships we currently have.

    It was helpful to me and the ASPECT board of directors to reflect on where we are and where we want to go with developing the relationships.  For me, it also functions as a "to-do" list of people and organizations with whom I should spend more time. I fundamentally believe that we are all stronger when we find areas of overlap and work together to make the sector stronger.

    Click on the image above to see the full map.

    What is missing from the ASPECT outreach map is the connection to municipalities, community-based organizations that are not members, and local businesses. With our limited resources here at ASPECT, we rely on our members to provide those connections for us. Click on the image above and take a good look. If you see something missing or are a part of an organization that is not listed here, please let me know.  After all, the more connected we are the better it is for all. 

    Janet Morris-Reade
  • 02 August 2019 11:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minister of Advanced Education & Skills Training Melanie Mark poses with delegates at the Summer Labour Market Conference in Vancouver.

    I'm reporting to you today from the Summer Labour Market Conference in Vancouver. Starting yesterday, the conference brings together job developers, case managers, resource room managers, career counselors, and a good mix of employment professionals from all over the province. It has been an excellent experience and kudos to Christian St. Cyr for putting together an engaging and inspiring program.

    One of the most inspiring speakers thus far has been Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, Honorable Melanie Mark. She spoke last year and had the room crying as she shared her lived experience about those who supported her along the way to finish high school and university; becoming the first in her family to do so. This year she again shared her passion for the work she is undertaking in the Ministry. She referred to the 2018 Labour Market Outlook, which has been referred to several times during this conference. (I encourage you to read it if you haven't already.)  The Minister touched on issues of privilege and education and what her Ministry is doing to overcome barriers. Possibly later today there will be an announcement from her Ministry regarding additional supports for apprenticeship training.  

    Later this morning, I'll be participating in a panel discussion about the future development of the Career Development sector. On behalf of ASPECT members, I'm on the National Stakeholder Advisory Committee for Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Work. We are hosting a career development consultation to provide discussion and feedback about defining career development for the future of work during the ASPECT Conference this year. If you are interested in finding out more about the Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Work project, replying to the survey, or providing feedback on the definition that is being tweaked, please go to their website

    As I write this, the conference isn't quite over but each session is more informative than the last. ASPECT is proud to be a supporter and looks forward to the ongoing collaboration with the Labour Market Report.

    Janet Morris-Reade

  • 26 July 2019 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our conference manager, Lesley Patten, and I have been pouring over conference presentation proposals to create a fabulous ASPECT Conference this year. The challenge is always to find innovative and inspiring workshop topics while at the same time avoiding duplication of what has been done elsewhere. Our program is about 80% there so we've decided to open up registration today.  We still have work to do to update the bits and pieces missing from the program and to make room for special guests who can't confirm quite yet.  

    This year we have four streams of opportunities: Leaders and Emerging Leaders, Career Developers, Something for Everyone, and Something for Almost Everyone. We couldn't decide on a unifying theme for the conference, likely since I couldn't think of one that made sense, but you can expect the great things this year.

    Our opening keynote speaker is Eric Termuende who is a globally-recognized thought leader, author, and international speaker on the future of work and building teams that thrive.  As co-founder of NoW Innovations, he advises industry-leading organizations, institutions, and associations on future-proofing their teams, talent management, and rehumanizing the workplace. Eric has a deep understanding of the next generation of work and how to attract and retain the right talent. 

    We’ve also confirmed that there will be a Ministry Update from the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training (AEST) as well as the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR). Thanks to Assistant Deputy Minister Bindi Sawchuck of AEST and Assistant Deputy Minister Chris Brown of SDPR for once-again agreeing to present. For those delegates who may not be interested in their update, we will have a facilitated discussion/networking opportunity at the same time. As always, our aim is to program something for everyone, no matter where you are in your career path. 

    Thanks to the many ASPECT members and others who took the time to prepare and submit presentation proposals. Thank you also to Lesley Patten, our conference manager, for handling all the details and leading the effort.  If you have a conference or meeting coming up in which you are the part of the organizing committee, please consider hiring Lesley and the ASPECT Events Management team for your event. She’s an expert and what might take your staff many hours to do, she can do it in a fraction of the time and no post-event staff burnout to deal with!   

  • 05 July 2019 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Virtual Member Tour

    After the whirlwind of June, I'm happy to settle into July and will be undertaking a virtual member tour.  Starting next week, you'll receive meeting requests from me to check in and find out how things are going in your organization and community.  It'll be just like the provincial tour I undertook three years ago, except without the airfare, car rental, and hotels: a more budget conscious and eco-friendly alternative. Details will be sent out to ASPECT members early next week.


    Call (Again) for Presenters for the ASPECT Conference 2019

    Terry Deakin of INEO Employment Services in Port Alberni presented at the ASPECT Conference 2017.
    Look for her session in the 2019 conference program coming out later this month.

    The deadline has passed for the call for presenters for the ASPECT Conference on November 4 and 5 in Richmond BC, and we have some informative and innovative proposals to choose from. However, we are looking for presenters for the following topic areas to round out the learning experiences for conference delegates.  Specifically, we are looking for the following:

    • The future of work and how some communities are meeting the challenges.
    • Automation and innovative service delivery models.
    • Change management and self-care.
    • Truth and reconciliation training.

    I understand that with the new employment contracts and the upset over staffing up or down, some of those who would like to have presented missed the opportunity during the confusion.  Here's your 2nd chance to share your expertise, become eligible for a free conference registration, and add  "Conference Presenter"  to your resume.  Please email me your presentation idea before July 10th.  If it's a fit for this year's conference, we'll ask you to complete a full presentation proposal.  

    Janet Morris-Reade

  • 07 June 2019 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Innovation takes courage and sometimes it is wildly successful and sometimes it isn't quite. Depending on whom you ask, you may get similarly diverse reviews about our Pre-Summit and the Employer-Employment Expert Summit that took place in Richmond earlier this week.  

    Because I picked the speakers and the topics, I loved every session that I had the chance to see. I was floating in excitement and smiling like a goon as I saw synergies form throughout the room and the trickle of ideas from one presentation to the next. Yes, there were a few hiccups along the way, but I was delighted in so many ways with the small-but-mighty group at the event.

    One session, that is getting mixed reviews, is the one that I presented. Actually, it was more of a presentation + discussion than just a presentation. In it, I introduced a BIG IDEA to tap into the talents and expertise of ASPECT members to create a province-wide fee-for-service offering to employers. The idea is to meet the current needs of employers while creating a revenue stream for ASPECT members. We would create an online marketing portal similar to accommodation and travel sites.

    I did not get the slam-dunk response hoped for, but I did receive some excellent feedback and appreciated the candor in the room. The idea might have value in the future, but right now there is too much uncertainty in the sector and employers are not quite embracing the concept of paid training just yet.

    Here's where we landed after the discussion:
    1. ASPECT would collect information from our members for us to share with our members. This will assist members in finding partners in neighbouring communities and help us have a clearer picture of what is offered when employers do call ASPECT asking for information.
    2. ASPECT would continue to reach out to employers on behalf of the sector to find out how we can help them with their post-employment supports and undertake some research around this area, possibly partnering with an employer group.
    3. Once the service providers have had some time to determine the details of how post-employment supports work under the WorkBC contract, then we will investigate moving forward.
    I would like to thank all those who attended, the presenters and panelists, the sponsor WCG, and the exhibitors for being there. ASPECT President Val Meany, my boss, gets a special gold star for doing an excellent job emceeing on both days. At this point, we don't know if there will be another Summit next year (it won't be in June again), but we do know that the ASPECT Conference will be November 4 & 5 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. I hope to see you there!

    Janet Morris-Reade
  • 31 May 2019 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tim Blake has replaced Deb Hamblin at the Inter-Cultural Association of Victoria as Employment Services Manager
    that required a move from the Lower Mainland to the Island. He is one of many who started new jobs in the last few months.  

    Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to drop by the Inter-Cultural Association of Victoria to meet with Tim Blake. He is now new to Victoria and settling into a job that started April 1. He reminded me, before our meeting, that we had met at an ASPECT conference, but for the life of me I couldn't remember what he looked like. Immediately I felt like an idiot as soon as we met in person again. Of course, I know who he is but out of the regular context, it took a moment.

    It got me thinking about how much change has happened in our sector, not only from the WorkBC contracts but also from the recent retirements and replacements. Keeping track of who landed where is starting to feel like a full-time job, but an important one. In the past few months, we've lost to retirement Lynn Belsher at NEXUS Vernon, Beth Wilson at Obair Economic Society in Dawson Creek, Angela Kwok from BC Centre for Ability Association, Lynn Hughes from Northwest Training in Terrace, and Judy Crooks from Pacific Community Resources Society. All leaders in the field and in many cases being replaced by new people who are new to the employment sector (like me three years ago).  

    I use Aspectives as a means of building community and feature those who are coming, going and shifting jobs by including them in this publication. Please send me your photos and announcements so that I can include them here.  

    Like the simple act of wearing a name tag at a community picnic, sharing this information with our members and stakeholders will help build our sector community and celebrate the changes coming our way.  

    Janet Morris-Reade
  • 27 May 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 27, 2019

    For Immediate Release

    Summit Offers Employers Solutions to Attract, Train, & Retain Workforce

    Victoria, BC -- The first of its kind in BC and in Canada, the Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT) is hosting an Employer-Employment Expert Summit on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Pacific Gateway Hotel Vancouver Airport. This Summit is intended to bring employment experts and employers together to meet the workforce needs of British Columbia by connecting them with pre- and post-employment supports and training available in their communities.  Employers are invited to register at aspect.bc.ca/summit

    “ASPECT member organizations have long-been local employment experts for pre-employment training and supports,” states ASPECT CEO, Janet Morris-Reade, “but in today’s labour market employers are struggling to find the right workers and keeping them at their companies. The Summit will showcase what services are available to them to support finding workers and training them after they’re hired.”

    The agenda for the day is as follows.

    9:00-10:00             Welcome & Keynote: Preparing Canadians for the Changing Economy & Future of Work

    10:00-10:30      Networking Coffee Break

    10:30-11:30      Breakouts Panels & Workshops: Using Big Data to Meet Labour Market Conditions, Ingenious Hiring: What Big Business is Doing, Business Case for Inclusive Hires: President's Group

    11:30-12:30pm     Breakout Panels & Workshops: Future Skills Centres Projects, Modern Recruitment Strategies

    12:30-2:00             Lunch & Keynote: Chris Atchison, President of the BC Construction Association " The BC Builder's Code: Creating a Harassment-Free Work Site"

    2:00 - 3:00             Breakout Panels: The Business Case for Hiring Youth & Millennials, Immigrant Workers, Indigenous Workers

    3:00-3:30               Networking Coffee Break

    3:30-4:30               Keynote Speaker: Christian St. Cyr, Publisher of the BC & Ontario Labour Market Report and Working on the West Coast expert on the Lynda Steele Show on CNKW Radio "The New Normal: Brace for Impact"

    4:30pm                 Networking Reception

    The Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT) provides leadership, education, advocacy, and public awareness in support of community-based workforce development service providers. We work with government and stakeholders to ensure that the needs of those seeking a meaningful and sustainable livelihood are met.


    Media Contact:    

    Janet Morris-Reade 

  • 24 May 2019 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Christian St. Cyr of the BC Labour Market Report (BCLMR) with Shannan Laing of Douglas College chat at the BC Career Development Conference. Christian will be our keynote closing speaker at the Employer-Employment Expert Summit on June 5. His topic will be "The New Normal: Brace for Impact." See below for the BCLMR results from their recent survey. Are you being paid enough?

    I'm writing this while working at the ASPECT exhibitor booth at the BC Career Development Conference in Vancouver. It's been a fabulous opportunity to connect with career developers and others as we learn about new and innovative ways of supporting job seekers. You'll see by the poster below that we are also selling off our ASPECT Curriculum and promoting new ways to be involved with the employment sector. So many great opportunities yet so little time!  Congratulations to BCCDA Executive Director Lubica Keighery, the BCCDA Board, and planning committee for putting on the event.

    In case you missed it on our website, the schedule for the Employer-Employment Expert Summit has been released and we are delighted to announce some heavy hitters for our day. BC Construction Association President, Chris Atchison, will talk about the construction sector's response to the employment crunch by creating the "BC Building Code" to implement a culture shift in the industry to create a work environment that is more inviting to women.  

    We have a panel about the Future Skills Centres project with Director of the Project, Rhonda Fernandez, coming in from Ottawa to talk about the initiative and Patrik Mackenzie from the Immigrant Employment Council of BC to talk about the trial project that they are involved in.

    Jake Hirsch-Allen from LinkedIn in Toronto along with Greg Lockwood, Research Associate, SRDC and Chris Holling, Director, Labour Market Forecasting, Labour Market Insights, Evaluation and Outreach Branch, Workforce Innovation and Division Responsible for Skills Training, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, will talk about what is being done with big data to inform labour market programs and decisions.  

    Christian St. Cyr (pictured above) will provide us with a sometimes incendiary closing keynote telling us about how quickly the labour market is changing, what is likely for the future, and how to prepare ourselves for it. (see below for abbreviated results and link to full results from his recent Career Development Survey)

    As you have read in previous issues of Aspectives, I am really excited about the Pre-Summit and the Summit because it has never been done on a provincial level before anywhere in Canada. If successful, the model will be developed in other provinces. Registrations are underway, but we need more employers to fill out the room.  When I mentioned to a colleague yesterday that I wanted to see at least 50 employers in the room, I was told that it was an ambitious goal. Challenge accepted! 

    Click here to download an invitation that you can send to your employer contacts.
    Click here for a Summit Schedule that you can forward to your staff.
    Click here to register for the event.
    Click here to sponsor the summit.  (it comes with registration for two days for only $500). 
    Click here to be an exhibitor at the summit.  (it comes with registration for two days for only $650 -- Exhibitor booths will only be set up on Wednesday) 

    Janet Morris-Reade

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