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Application Information for the 2016-17 Toronto Sector Skills Academy

To address the growing interest and need for sector-focused workforce development, the Metcalf Foundation is establishing the Toronto Sector Skills Academy. Its goal is to build the capacity of local leaders to grow, strengthen, and sustain sector strategies within the city. This leadership program is the first of its kind in Canada, and is offered by Metcalf in partnership with the Aspen Institute.

Toronto Sector Skills Academy applications will be accepted on or before September 15, 2016 by 5pm. For the application and guidelines, click here.  

Supplemental resources

A webinar on applying to the Toronto Sector Skills Academy was held on August 8, 2016. Click here to view a recording of the webinar. Presentation slides can also be accessed separately here.

Click here for a one-page flyer outlining the goals of the Academy and information on the application process.

If you would like to arrange for one-on-one support in preparing your application, please contact sectorskills@metcalffoundation.com.

Further Reading

Brown, E. (2015). Shifting Workforce Development into High Gear. International Economic Development Council. 

Conway, M., Blair, A., Gibbons, C. (2003). Investigating Demand Side Outcomes. Aspen Institute.

Conway, M. et al. (2007). Sectoral Strategies For Low-Income Workers: Lessons From The Field. Aspen Institute.

Conway, M. and Giloth, R. (2014). Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies. New York: Aspen Institute.

Essential Skills Ontario. (2014). Career Ladders: Providing Opportunities for Working Adults.

Maguire, S. (2016). Optimizing Talent: The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers. JobsFirstNYC and Aspen Institute. 

Mojtehedzadeh, S. (2015). “New workforce training program doesn’t just provide jobs, it builds careers.” The Toronto Star.

Porter, E. (2016). “Job Training Works. So Why Not Do More?” The New York Times

Semuels, A. (2016). “The Near Impossibility of Moving Up After Welfare.” The Atlantic. 

Zandniapour, L. and Conway, M. (2002). “Gaining Ground: The Labor Market Progress of Participants of Sectoral Employment Development Programs.” Aspen Institute

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