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Palette Skills announces partnerships with six B.C. businesses to deliver upskilling

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This employer-led and demand-driven training will be offered by CMA, Lighthouse Labs, CASTL, NPower, M2MTech Inc., and Northwest Skills Institute, and funded by Upskill Canada, powered by Palette Skills.

Palette Skills announces 6 British Columbia-based organizations to deliver upskilling – $35M in funding by Upskill Canada

VANCOUVER — Palette Skills announced that it has partnered with six British Columbia-based organizations to deliver upskilling that will help employers access the job-ready talent they need to fill roles in growing sectors, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Technologies, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

This employer-led and demand-driven training will be offered by CMA, Lighthouse Labs, CASTL, NPower, M2MTech Inc., and Northwest Skills Institute, and funded by Upskill Canada, powered by Palette Skills.

“Canada’s greatest strength is our people,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Through the Upskilling for Industry Initiative, we are delivering upskilling projects across the country, ensuring that Canadian workers have the skills required to work in the most cutting-edge, technical industries of tomorrow.”

Upskill Canada, powered by Palette Skills, was selected by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to lead its Upskilling for Industry Initiative.

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“We are focused on making sure companies can find the skilled workers they need, when they need them,” said Rhonda Barnet, CEO of Palette Skills. “Our partners in BC will be providing hands-on training to build Canada’s modern workforce. We are equipping Canadians with skills for high-demand roles, and lifting Canada’s economy to its full potential.”

The programs each of the six delivery partner organizations are running were profiled at an event on May 16 in Vancouver, hosted by Deloitte. At the event, Barnet was joined by The Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources to discuss building a workforce to drive Canada’s clean technology economy.

“The global energy transition is a generational economic opportunity for Canada — and one that our dynamic and innovative workforce will be critical in seizing. By making smart investments – in clean energy and technology, in the critical mineral value chain and in workers themselves — this federal government will continue to create sustainable jobs and build a low-carbon Canada that works for everyone. In partnership with organizations like Palette Skills, we are helping equip Canada’s workers with the tools they will need to not just thrive, but lead in the sustainable clean economy of the future,” said Wilkinson.

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