Vancouver, CANADA – April 7, 2021 — Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre is launching a new national research project to explore the demand for roles and retraining required to advance the clean economy. The project is a partnership between Foresight, Delphi Group, ECO Canada, Lighthouse Labs, Riipen, and the Vancouver Economic Commission, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.
“Skills for a Clean Economy” will identify regions and segments of the workforce most affected by the pandemic, and identify the skills that will be needed for jobs in the clean economy in the future. The project will support skills development, job creation, and a training framework for future cleantech jobs.
The research results will be used by Lighthouse Labs to design a cleantech education plan and education program pilot. ECO Canada will use content for curriculum design and training courses. Riipen will develop bilingual education templates to bring industry, academia and students together on projects. The recommendations will be condensed into a final report to inform new skills programs for a green economy.
“As Canada’s cleantech accelerator, Foresight is pleased to be leading this important initiative,” says Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Foresight. “By collaborating with partners and tapping into our national network of cleantech innovators, we will help transition out-of-work and young Canadians to cleantech jobs and ensure the cleantech sector is recognized as a leader in Canada’s economic recovery from the pandemic.”
Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre, says transitioning to a greener economy and engaging youth and unemployed people is a perfect example of the programs FSC is investing in to build an inclusive workforce that includes future generations and leaves no-one behind. “This national research project will identify skills that will be needed for jobs such as digital water management and other fields in the clean economy of the future. This is just one of the exciting shock-proofing projects that FSC is investing in to build a future playbook for shared prosperity, and help Canadian workers and businesses seize opportunities in our future economy.”