The Career Development Professional Centre initiative is a virtual hub where professionals working in the sector can engage in community learning and foundational training and come together to amplify the importance of the career development profession to the health and well-being of people, communities, and Canada.
Where it Began…
Recognizing that the world of work is experiencing rapid and complex changes, fueled by factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, technological advances, and climate change, the Future Skills Centre (FSC) developed the Responsive Career Pathways (RCP) initiative to maximize how career and employment services help Canadians navigate, adapt, and thrive in ever-changing labour markets.
As part of this RCP initiative, the FSC and Blueprint ADE engaged with an array of national and international experts, publishing several research papers that generated ideas for strengthening career and employment services, highlighting factors such as the consequences of fragmented systems and ineffective policies, the need for improved evidence and enhanced labour market information, and the removal of barriers to accessing services.
One consistent theme across these papers was the need for stronger support for the vibrant, talented professionals working on the frontlines delivering career and employment services.
To address this need, in Spring 2022 FSC asked the Canadian Career Development Foundation and MixtMode Consulting to explore the feasibility of establishing a national Career Development Professional Centre that would focus on 6 main objectives:
Canadian career professionals did not hold back! The feasibility study surfaced an incredible amount of information on what works well in the field, what does not, and how a Career Development Professional Centre can help. Overall, there was a high level of support for the establishment of the Centre and, specifically, for the six objectives.
The Centre is an essential mechanism to strengthen the professional identity of our field, a vital support to quality service delivery across the country, and a way to raise the bar to ensure the best service is offered to every Canadian, no matter where they live, or where they go to access career services.