Skills 4 Success Framework focuses on closing gaps for NWT residents

YELLOWKNIFE (October 8, 2015) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty tabled the Skills 4 Success (S4S) 10-Year Strategic Framework yesterday, a strategy that focuses on improving employment success for Northwest Territories (NWT) residents by closing skill gaps for in-demand jobs and more effectively responding to community, employer and industry needs.

Building on earlier labour market strategies and training programs, the Framework identifies four goals to address gaps in training and skill development for NWT residents: Increase skill levels through relevant education and training; bridge education and employment gaps through targeted supports; grow the NWT workforce through partnerships; and improve decision making with relevant labour market information.

“When we began to investigate the need for a strategy that would build on our early childhood and kindergarten to 12 education strategies, it was apparent that an overarching strategy was required to guide this work,” said Minister Lafferty. “The Framework is the result of exhaustive research, discussions and engagements that will set a new direction to align with NWT labour market needs and demands.”

The Framework was developed with the advice and guidance of a Steering Committee and Advisory Group, and informed by the collective knowledge of four working group teams. It incorporates input received from stakeholders at seven regional engagement sessions, a symposium event and through online surveys. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) also partnered with The Conference Board of Canada to examine the forecasted labour demand in the NWT over the next 5, 10 and 15 years.

“We need to build on the skills and talents of Northerners, harness the potential of youth, and provide them with the right information so they can make informed choices,” said Minister Lafferty. “While we have seen some measurable success in recent years, the Skills 4 Success strategy is about building the foundation for a stronger, more stable economy and ongoing sustainable growth. Throughout our research and engagements, we heard from people that they want to see an adult and postsecondary education and training system that best prepares NWT residents for job opportunities and promotes entrepreneurship and innovation. Skills 4 Success is our response to that call.”

For more information, visit www.skills4success.ca.

Contact:                  

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-6222 | Email: jacqueline_mckinnon@gov.nt.ca