The Green Skills Network works in partnership with funders, trainers and youth employment centres across the province. Through mutual support we can place youth in meaningful green jobs!
The Pathways to Green Employment project gives youth in three South-Western Ontario communities the opportunity to network with reputable organizations and learn more about how they can launch a career in the renewable energy industry.
With the support of the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), the Green Skills Network has published Emerging Green Jobs in Canada, a labour market research report that provides insight for employment counsellors into the changing labour market and its potential for entry-level employment.
The report includes a two-part literature review on the green economy and specifically on the renewable energy and energy conservations sectors to help employment counsellors, job developers, job seekers and anyone with an interest in green jobs to gain a better understanding of entry-level green jobs and the skills needed to secure them.
Download: Emerging Green Jobs In Canada
The report includes a number of tools for employment counsellors and job developers to use to connect their clients to employment and training opportunities in the green economy. These tools are as follows:
We encourage readers to engage in the online discussions, which will launch on August 7th, 2012. Discussions will be held on the following platforms:
SHSC and its subsidiary, GLOBE, are building on their earlier work, linking hard-to-employ youth, suitable sustainability training, and employment opportunities in the greening of social housing. In the REDY (Reducing Energy Demand with Youth) program youth are trained and employed in an energy retrofit program, building skills and confidence, and aiding the conservation efforts of local communities. This project will promote systematic change in the area of green job skills development and training that supports long term transformation and achieves ongoing benefits for industries, workers, and communities. The initiative impacted employers, trainers, and social housing professionals in Kingston, London, and Toronto, and then Windsor, Brockville and Toronto in year two.
This initiative provides opportunities to assist 96 out-of-school, unemployed and underemployed youth address barriers and obstacles to competitive employment by offering a comprehensive Group-based Employability Skills program (Shine program) and a hands-on training program. The program is focussed on 8 communities in Ontario, including Ingersoll, Welland, Toronto, Markham, Etobicoke, Kingston, North Bay, Sudbury. It consists of a 3-week intensive series of Employability and Life Skills workshops focussed on pre-employment and job retention through the development of workplace essential skills, a 1-week workplace ready training experience, and an 18-week supported work placement with a one-day per week follow-up supportive group session.
In partnership with five employment centres across Ontario, the Green Skills network implemented five awareness raising job fairs to assist youth in finding and maintaining meaningful employment within the Green Economy. These fairs promoted environmental awareness and green career planning and connected over 1100 youth with local green employers. As a result of these job fairs, 200 youth were hired with 60 youth hired by green employers. 300 youth also completed our interactive e-flyer and were able to provide feedback on the job fairs while gaining more insight into the green economy. Check out the photos of the job fairs on our Facebook page! You can also complete our e-flyer by clicking here.
The Toronto Atmospheric Fund funded First Work's pilot project in Scarborough. This project involved a partnership between First Work, Woodgreen Employment Services and Interect Inc. Woodgreen Employment Services recruited 12 youth who completed the training which was delivered by Interect Inc, which played both a training and employment role. Following the training First Work is supporting Woodgreen Employment Services by providing options for youth in their career and education paths. Check out the photos on our Facebook page!