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Targeted Initiative for Older Workers
(TIOW): Best Practices in Local
Employment & Skills Strategies
Laurie Goldmann
OECD ...
2
Canada at a Glance
The Country
o Approx. 35,675,834 citizens
o Over 20% born outside Canada
o 2 official languages: Engl...
3
Labour Market Participation of Older Workers
will be increasingly Important
 Retirements will put significant pressure ...
4
1982 1984 1987 1997 1999 2006
1972
• Period of relatively high unemployment
• Baby boomers = ample labour force
• Early ...
5
Current TIOW Builds on Past Programming
Drawing on Lessons Learned
 TIOW is a Federal-Provincial/Territorial (F-P/T) co...
6
Program Has Been Well Received
by Communities and Employers
 Evidence shows that program supports local community adjus...
7
Program Has Served Thousands of Older
Workers Across Canada
715 Clients
Served
790 Clients
Served
1184 Clients
Served
11...
8
TIOW in Action – Best Practices in Local
Employment and Skills Strategies
9
TIOW Best Practices Compendium
 Since TIOW was announced, P/Ts have adopted a variety of innovative and
successful mode...
10
Theme 1: Innovative Project Design and Administration
Concept:
 Projects and/or practices included under this category...
11
Example of Best Practice – Saskatchewan
La Ronge, Saskatchewan
Unemployment 8.2%
Population 2,700
Project Information
P...
12
Theme 2: Working with Employers
Concept:
 Projects and/or practices included under this
category involved facilitating...
13
Example of Best Practice - Quebec
Antoine-Labelle Regional Municipality
Laurentians Region, Quebec
Unemployment 12.9%
P...
14
Theme 3: Building on Local Strengths
Concept:
 Projects and/or practices included under
this category have built on lo...
15
Example of Best Practice – Northwest
Territories
Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories
Unemployment 20%
Population 460
Proj...
16
Example of Best Practice - Newfoundland
Trepassey, Newfoundland
Unemployment 49%
Population 600
Project Information
Pro...
17
Concluding Thoughts
 Jurisdictions face unique opportunities
and challenges in assisting unemployed
older workers;
 T...
18
Contact Information
Laurie Goldmann
Director,
Employment Programs and Partnerships Directorate,
Skills and Employment B...
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Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW): Best Practices in Local Employment & Skills Strategies

  1. 1. Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW): Best Practices in Local Employment & Skills Strategies Laurie Goldmann OECD LEED Expert Roundtable on Local Economic Strategies for Ageing Labour Markets Paris, France March 31, 2015
  2. 2. 2 Canada at a Glance The Country o Approx. 35,675,834 citizens o Over 20% born outside Canada o 2 official languages: English and French Labour market o Unemployment rate is 6.8% in 2015 o Variation in unemployment rate across the country (3.7% - 11.8%) Employment programs must respond to varied circumstances o Federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments all play a role
  3. 3. 3 Labour Market Participation of Older Workers will be increasingly Important  Retirements will put significant pressure on economy and may exacerbate skills shortages in many sectors  Older Canadians are particularly valuable given the knowledge and experience they bring to the workforce  Older workers represent a critical source of future labour supply and will be important to Canada’s economic growth and future prosperity in the years ahead
  4. 4. 4 1982 1984 1987 1997 1999 2006 1972 • Period of relatively high unemployment • Baby boomers = ample labour force • Early retirement programs had social objective • Looming demographic ‘bomb’  older workers increasingly important to labour market • On average, displaced older workers staying unemployed longer than younger counterparts • Increasing adjustment pressures on traditional sectors Passive income support Active employment measure The GoC has a Long History of Supporting Older Workers Labour Adjustment Benefit Program Industry & Labour Adjustment Program Program for Older Worker Adjustment (POWA) Older Workers Pilot Projects Initiative (OWPPI) Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) • Budget 2014 extended TIOW for an additional 3 years until March 31, 2017 with an overall investment of $75M ($25M per year in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17).
  5. 5. 5 Current TIOW Builds on Past Programming Drawing on Lessons Learned  TIOW is a Federal-Provincial/Territorial (F-P/T) cost-shared initiative designed to assist unemployed older workers reintegrate into the workforce and/or improve their employability. • Unemployed workers normally aged 55 to 64 in eligible communities • Those age 50-54 or over 64 may also participate, but not at the exclusion of the main targeted age group Eligible Participants • Small, vulnerable communities (cities/towns of less than 250,000 people experiencing: 1) high unemployment; 2) affected by significant downsizing or closure(s); 3) experiencing unfulfilled employer demand; and/or 4) skills mismatches Eligible Communities • Employment assistance activities (e.g. résumé, interview techniques) plus • At least two other employability improvement activities (e.g. participant assessment, peer mentoring, basic skills upgrading, work experience) • Must include a component that is group-based whereby activities take place in a classroom setting (minimum 25 hours/week) Project Activities • The Government of Canada funds up to 70%, while each P/T funds a minimum of 30% of total program costs • When P/T legislation allows, participants are offered income support (e.g. allowances, wages, wage subsidy to employer) Funding
  6. 6. 6 Program Has Been Well Received by Communities and Employers  Evidence shows that program supports local community adjustment Projects are integral to local economic development strategies – Older worker training often tailored to emerging sector needs – Most projects were successful in matching participants with local employers – Flexibility of program a key element of success  Most employers indicate that they would participate in TIOW again – Majority of employers retained participants for whom they provided work experience – at least for a period of time following the project – Wage subsidy was identified as a key incentive for employers to participate – Employers appreciated ability to fill gaps with experienced workers  Recognized as international best practice – Featured in G20 and OECD best practice publications/materials.
  7. 7. 7 Program Has Served Thousands of Older Workers Across Canada 715 Clients Served 790 Clients Served 1184 Clients Served 1149 Clients Served 11,069 Clients Served12,287 Clients Served 746 Clients Served 824 Clients Served 1745 Clients Served 4333 Clients Served 117 Clients Served 303 Clients Served 18 Clients Served TIOW Stats at a Glance As of March 17, 2015: • Total Participants: 35,280 • Number of Projects: 801 (434 New + 367 Extensions)
  8. 8. 8 TIOW in Action – Best Practices in Local Employment and Skills Strategies
  9. 9. 9 TIOW Best Practices Compendium  Since TIOW was announced, P/Ts have adopted a variety of innovative and successful models for TIOW-based programming within their communities. The program ensures that there are multiple ways to share best practices: • F-P/T Best Practices workshops are held yearly to discuss lessons learned, share successes, and provide suggestions for improvement • Best Practices Compendium(s) are prepared with input from all P/Ts to showcase innovative and unique projects/processes. It is a compilation of best practices that can be shared widely so that the model can be replicated within other jurisdictions • Within the Compendium, examples of best practices have been categorized into the following broad themes o Theme 1: Innovative Project Design and Administration o Theme 2: Working with Employers o Theme 3: Building on Local Strengths
  10. 10. 10 Theme 1: Innovative Project Design and Administration Concept:  Projects and/or practices included under this category incorporated innovative or unique design component(s) into TIOW programming in order to address a specific challenge or consideration.  Projects that incorporated innovative or unique design components, included: o Usage of Social Media platforms (PEI); o Rigorous client selection process (BC); o Collaboration among training providers (ON); o Variable project duration according to client needs (NB); o Partnerships with Aboriginal Groups (SK).
  11. 11. 11 Example of Best Practice – Saskatchewan La Ronge, Saskatchewan Unemployment 8.2% Population 2,700 Project Information Project Name “Put Your Wisdom to Work” Sponsor Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism Duration 12 Weeks Participants 15 Older Workers Project Activities Computer skills, Job shadowing, Resume/Cover letter writing, Work placement Best Practice Targeting first nations participants and leveraging partnerships. E.g. Band provided transportation assistance and computers to participants
  12. 12. 12 Theme 2: Working with Employers Concept:  Projects and/or practices included under this category involved facilitating linkages with local employers and reinforcing the benefits and advantages of hiring older workers as part of a comprehensive, adaptable, responsible human resource (HR) strategy.  Projects that connected with local employers, included: o Ensuring potential employers and TIOW participants were appropriately matched (MB); o Improving awareness among local employers of the valuable role older workers (NS & AB); o Project sponsors tapping into roots of community to engage employers (YK); o Tailoring training to meet unique employer needs (QC).
  13. 13. 13 Example of Best Practice - Quebec Antoine-Labelle Regional Municipality Laurentians Region, Quebec Unemployment 12.9% Population 35,000 Project Information Project Name Projet O’Bouleau Sponsor Zone Emploi Duration 17 weeks Participants 40 Older Workers Project Activities Woodworking, Work Placement, Computer Skills, Job Search, Coaching Best Practice Enabled older workers from the forestry sector to exploit their skills as they gained new skills needed to get jobs in the emerging wood-products industry.
  14. 14. 14 Theme 3: Building on Local Strengths Concept:  Projects and/or practices included under this category have built on local strengths to develop new employment opportunities in the area - or to seize existing, yet not fully exploited job opportunities.  Projects that built on local strengths, included: o Transforming or re-orienting a traditional cultural role into an employable one (NU); o Re-establishing local industries (NWT); o Leveraging the distinct cultural history of an area into a successful venture (NL).
  15. 15. 15 Example of Best Practice – Northwest Territories Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories Unemployment 20% Population 460 Project Information Project Name “Ulukhaktok Handicraft Program” Sponsor Inuvialuit Corporate Group Duration 12 Weeks Participants 5 Older Workers Project Activities Handicrafts, Computer skills, Photography, Marketing, Promotion/sales Best Practice Tapping into self-employment for older workers, while revitalizing a formerly prominent local arts and crafts industry.
  16. 16. 16 Example of Best Practice - Newfoundland Trepassey, Newfoundland Unemployment 49% Population 600 Project Information Project Name “Creating Sustainable Communities through Culture and Heritage” Sponsor The Southern Avalon Development Association Duration 22 Weeks Participants 5 Older Workers Project Activities Hospitality, Theatre arts, Customer Service, Job search techniques, Computer skills Best Practice Tapping into Trepassey’s local heritage in order to strengthen its role in regional tourism by creating a dinner theatre.
  17. 17. 17 Concluding Thoughts  Jurisdictions face unique opportunities and challenges in assisting unemployed older workers;  TIOW programming has been leveraged in innovative and concrete ways to help unemployed older workers prepare for and return to the labour market;  Cooperation and collaboration between GoC and all P/Ts has been key to the success of TIOW in reaching thousands of unemployed older workers across Canada, from the vibrant centres of southern Ontario to the remote communities of the high Arctic.  For TIOW, sharing of best practices/lessons learned is an ongoing hallmark of this F-P/T partnership, and a model for other labour market programs.
  18. 18. 18 Contact Information Laurie Goldmann Director, Employment Programs and Partnerships Directorate, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada Email: laurie.goldmann@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca Phone: 819-654-3313 Thank you.

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