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The Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT BC) is partnering with Ethos Career Management Group to conduct a research project.  

Our Competency of Career Development Practitioners for Virtual Services project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre and undertakes a needs assessment of career practitioners and their capacity to offer online services during the pandemic. Career development professionals (practitioners) have responded by transitioning their in-person services to virtual delivery. Although some have thrived in this new virtual environment, some have struggled and may lack adequate competencies to provide services.

Our research is made up of an online survey to determine competencies needed for virtual services and a series of focus group discussions addressing the needs of those underrepresented in the workforce, and those who may have barriers to accessing virtual services.

Help us collect the evidence needed to support the future of the employment services sector.

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We are looking to recruit career development practitioners who have specialized experience serving populations underrepresented in the workforce to be a part of our virtual focus group discussions.

If more than 50% of your practice serves one of the following client groups, then we want to hear from you!

      • Immigrants
      • Indigenous peoples
      • LGBTQ2IA+
      • Newcomers
      • Older workers 
      • Persons with disabilities 
      • People from rural, remote, and northern communities  
      • People with essential skills gaps  
      • People without post-secondary education 
      • Racialized individuals 
      • Refugees
      • Those fleeing domestic violence 
      • Those with mental health and/or addiction challenges
      • Veterans  
      • Women  
      • Youth

Our research team will facilitate the focus group discussions which will take 60-90 minutes each during July and early August.




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Our survey is now closed. Those who won one of four $25 gift cards will be notified by email the week of July 26. 


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