This program addresses the section Transforming Our Workforce in provincial self-
sufficiency action plan.
To become self-sufficient, New Brunswickers must have the opportunity to become stronger and more self-reliant. We need a new generation of healthy, productive and creative citizens who have the learning and skills to seize the opportunities offered by a better New Brunswick.
Through these transformations (outlined in the action plan), we will provide our people with the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives, pursue their passions and continually learn new skills.
As the provincial government works to create opportunities in the workforce, the onus is
on New Brunswickers to prepare for those opportunities through personal career
This program will be available to members of the general public through The Work Room
career resource centres funded through the Department of Post-secondary Education,
Training and Labour.
This program may be of particular interest to the following target audiences:
Members of the general public who are unemployed or underemployed
Employment insurance recipients
Students making a transition from school to the workforce
Newly landed immigrants
Older workers seeking employment after retirement
Injured workers seeking retraining for their career
Stay-at-home parents reintegrating into the workforce
Paroled individuals entering the workforce after incarceration
Anyone seeking a career change
http://theworkroom.nbed.nb.ca/ Targeted Client Groups
The four program modules are as follows: Module 1: Developing a career plan Introduction of a 5 step career planning model. Identifying your interests Research careers The 6 Post-secondary destinations Employability Skills 2000+ Job search strategies The first 3 steps are covered in module1. The rest of the career planning model is referenced in subsequent modules. Workbooks have been developed to help people build their career plan by working through a series of activities. http://theworkroom.nbed.nb.ca/ Program Delivery
Module 2: Employability skills and establishing one’s personal “brand”
Introduction of the Conference Board of Canada’s, Employability Skills 2000+ .
Activities to help participants understand what skills employers value and introduce strategies to help them develop these skill sets.
Introduction of the concept of personal branding.
What makes you compelling? (interests/traits)
What do you stand for? (values/goals)
What make you stand out? (marketable/transferable skills)
Program Delivery http://www.conferenceboard.ca/
Module 3: Financial Literacy
This section covers the following topics:
Saving for post-secondary education/children’s education
Budgets and responsible money management
Establishing and maintaining good credit
Fraud, scams and identity theft
Provincial and community-based resources for people in financial need
Many of the resources used to facilitate this module are available through the Canadian
Foundation for Economic Education’s website.
The Canadian Banker’s Association is another valuable resource for information in this
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Dealing with stress and conflicts in the workplace
How to ask for a raise/promotion
Strategic career development
Successful completion of the program will result in a certificate that can
be included in a person’s professional portfolio. Participants can keep all
the resource material provided through this program to support their
continued career development.
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82% Positive rating 14% Neutral rating 4% Negative rating In February 2008, a pilot was conducted at Kennebecasis Valley High School with 224 grade 11 students. The program was very similar to the one outlined in this presentation, but targeted towards a younger audience. It was 4 weeks in duration, one module delivered in the classroom each week. Student feedback for the entire program was very positive. It is scheduled to be launched through all high schools in District 6 in September 2008. Pilot Program http://theworkroom.nbed.nb.ca/
PACE is very adaptable to a wide variety of audiences. Twelve specialized workbooks have been developed to assist in program delivery. PACE can even help those who really aren’t motivated to develop a career plan! http://theworkroom.nbed.nb.ca/ Product Line
PACE has facilitator’s guides for program delivery to students, educators and the general public. A 60 minute parent workshop is also available to assist parents in becoming career coaches for their children. PACE can even help those who really aren’t motivated to develop a career plan! http://theworkroom.nbed.nb.ca/ Product Line