by Gloria Welton
Holland College is one of 14 colleges that has joined the Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) coalition.
The coalition members have come together to provide the skills to lead the transition to a clean economy in Canada. And they are positioned to support workforce upskilling and bridge the skills gap within many industries across Canada.
This is all done through fully funded short-term courses called microcredentials. Funding is in place until March 31, 2024.
Microcredentials are formal certifications that recognize the achievement of one or more specific skills, competencies, or learning outcomes. They are identified by industry sectors to meet specific employer needs. They may be offered face-to-face, distance, or in a blended learning format.
“C2R2 received $50 million plus in funding through Employment & Skills Development Canada,” says Doug Currie, Vice-President Corporate Services with Holland College. “Holland College has built 15 microcredentials, and we have access to up to 150 from the other colleges across Canada.”
Holland College is offering the training both in person and online. “As a result of our partnership, residents on PEI can access up to 150 microcredentials to help to increase their skills and competencies and prepare them to meet the needs of a shifting economy.”
Part of the arrangements for accessing this funding is having industry sectors involved. “Introduction to Building Envelope Science, our first microcredential offered under the project, equips the residential construction sector with enhanced knowledge and skills which will contribute to increasing energy efficient builds on PEI and across the country,” says Alexander “Sandy” MacDonald, President of Holland College.
“Through consultation, Holland College worked closely with the agriculture industry to determine the industry driven needs and develop the microcredentials to improve the workforce skillset,” says Doug Currie.
The government of Canada announced it is investing $46.5 million into C2R2 through the Sectoral Workforce Solutions program.
Doug Currie says this training helps to modernize skills and allows people to stay on the job and in their area of work while taking the short-term training.
Until March 31, 2024, Holland College will offer several microcredential training opportunities delivered at no cost to the student. To eliminate some of the challenges associated with participating in this program, participants may be eligible for dependent care and travel subsidies.
Quick Train Canada offers Canadian workers and employers options to update skills designed to increase job security in the ever-shifting economy.
Visit www.quicktraincanada.ca to view the list of fully funded microcredentials across Canada.
Check out the following list of free microcredential offerings from Holland College:
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