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Broadband in rural communities key to economic development

COVID-19 brings rural-urban digital divide into stark contrast, highlighting the challenges faced by more than two million Canadians without reliable internet Ray Orb Rural, northern and remote communities are essential to Canada’s economy and quality of life. They are home to key industries – from agriculture and natural resources to manufacturing and tourism – and…
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How to create effective online career workshops

Developing pre-recorded presentations can help broaden access to career services for rural and remote communities Diane Moore This article was also published in the Summer 2020 issue of the National Career Development Association’s Career Developments magazine. Many career development organizations have begun creating online workshops to complement their face-to-face offerings or as a substitute for live seminars.…

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Canada’s agriculture sector must adapt to overcome chronic labour shortages

The industry needs training to improve worker expertise and ensure farm employers have skills to manage their workforce  Jennifer Wright This article was also published in the Summer 2020 issue of the National Career Development Association’s Career Developments magazine. For decades, Canada has been a world-leading exporter of agricultural products, and our contribution to food production is…

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Principles in Action: Shattering the career path myth lowers students’ anxiety about the future

Brittany Gilbert With a goal of bringing greater clarity and consistency to our national conversations about career development, CERIC developed a set of “Guiding Principles of Career Development” that have been enthusiastically embraced across Canada. These eight Guiding Principles are intended as a starting point to inform discussions with clients, employers, funders, policy-makers and families.…

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Public, private, and civil society sector collaboration: Essential components of Canada’s future prosperity

A tale of one community’s life-changing adaptation through innovation and co-operation Kirsten Hathaway Among the many observations and lessons learned through the COVID-19 crisis, the most effective responses on a global scale have been those that have equally engaged public, private and civil society sectors to collaborate and find innovative solutions to the acute challenges…

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The future of agriculture in the United States

Exploring labour shortages in US agriculture and potential solutions for the future Melissa A. Messer This article was also published in the Summer 2020 issue of the National Career Development Association’s Career Developments magazine. As we enter summer, many of our favourite foods will soon be ripe and ready to be harvested. However, what may not be…

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North American rural workforce development: Poised for growth

Efforts must be made to attract new industries and build skills-training pathways in rural communities Rebecca Merlenbach and Sarah Patterson-Mills This article was also published in the Summer 2020 issue of the National Career Development Association’s Career Developments magazine. Workforce development, a relatively recent term and concept that has developed over the past two decades, describes a…

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Context matters in rural workforce development: 7 important facts

While each rural community is unique, common challenges and opportunities exist, including labour shortages and rising senior care needs Ray Bollman The defining challenge of rural workforce development derives from the size of the community and the distance to a large centre. This differentiates rural workforce development from generic workforce development. However, rural is not…
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Reimagining tomorrow’s agriculture to attract and retain youth

Canada’s farming sector needs an image shift to halt the exodus of young people  Abdul-Rahim Abdulai What led you into farming? This question anchored my research to understand what motivates people to farm in Newfoundland (Abdulai, 2018). “Agriculture was always in the blood, a family tradition many folks embraced,” said one farmer while lamenting the…

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