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The Government of Canada selects Palette Skills as a lead recipient of the Upskilling for Industry Initiative

by CM staff   

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Palette Skills was selected as a national delivery partner for the Upskilling for Industry Initiative following a merit-based call for applications that closed in May 2022.

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada announced the Upskilling for Industry Initiative, a $250 million program that will support short-cycle upskilling programs driven by industry needs in high-growth sectors.

This investment is expected to help over 15,000 Canadian workers, including those from under-represented groups, transition into new jobs in high-growth sectors such as digital technology, cybersecurity, agriculture technology, advanced manufacturing, clean technology and biomanufacturing.

“Canada’s economic growth depends on a robust and adaptable workforce that can thrive in high-growth sectors,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “We want to make sure workers can gain the skills required to seize new opportunities, and we are putting employers at the forefront of the upskilling solution. This is a win-win situation benefiting both industry and Canadian workers.”

In partnership with Palette Skills Inc, this initiative will leverage a cross-Canada network to connect industry, employers, post-secondary institutions and private training providers to deliver upskilling programs. This short-cycle training will provide workers with the modern and adaptable skills that businesses need to succeed in a changing economy.

“Today’s commitment by the federal government is incredibly exciting for all of us at Palette Skills and for our partners across the country,” said Janet Yale, Chair, Board of Directors, Palette Skills Inc. “Canada’s labour market is facing significant challenges, but we know that, through the expertise and experience of Palette Skills and our partners and through our mutual commitment to innovation, we will enable firms to meet their changing workforce needs and secure skilled talent. Equally important, we will ensure that workers across Canada have the opportunity to secure employment in high-growth sectors of the economy through increased access to industry-driven upskilling.”

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