CCDF consults with organizations and governments to strengthen career development services and the profession.
We are currently working on the following projects:
The objective of this project was to examine efforts to improve school-to-work transitions, unemployment and underemployment of Canadian youth and identify research/programming/policy gaps for future project considerations. The project was advised by a cross-sectoral Advisory Committee of stakeholder representatives and includes a literature scan of Canadian and international research related to the school-to-work transitions of youth, key concepts, best practices, gaps in the research and types and sources of evidence. The project also surveyed and interviewed a wide variety of key informant stakeholders to further identify key issues and needs. The research confirms that improving transitions from school-to-work is a complex, if not “wicked” problem. CCDF found that the social, psychological and economic costs of underemployment and the rise of poorly paid precarious work are significantly impacting young Canadians and the Canadian economy. It is an issue that cuts across multiple stakeholders and requires a variety of efforts to address the diversity of needs across youth making the transition, whether they have left school before graduation, graduated from high school and gone to work, or are transitioning to the labour market after having graduated from a post-secondary program.
The Council of Atlantic Ministers in Education and Training (CAMET) in 2014 came together to strengthen career education and service across the Atlantic region. During the first phase of this project, CCDF completed a research report, Career Education in Atlantic Canada: Research and Recommendations, which looked at socio-economic imperatives for action in the area of career development, an environmental scan of successful programs, a compilation of international best practices and recommendations for action. CCDF was then contracted to build on their report to develop an Atlantic Career Development Framework for Public Education for the Atlantic provinces. Future in Focus - Atlantic Career Development Framework for Public Education: 2015-2020 was developed through the collaborative efforts of the CAMET, Public Education and Post-Secondary Standing Committees. The framework lays the foundation for provinces to support age-appropriate classroom-based career education, experiential exploration of post-secondary and work options, timely career and labour market information, and training for educators, including teachers, guidance counsellors and school administrators. It builds on the best career development practice data from each Atlantic Province and from around the world.
CCDF delivered a foundational training course in career development for the Yukon Government’s Social Assistance Case Managers in order to establish a common vision and vocabulary. The session included a needs assessment to inform the development of a full training strategy.
The Common Indicators project is an evidence- based research project examines what changes clients experience as a result of career and employment programs and services and uncovers what sorts of interventions, delivered under what circumstances, work best with what kinds of clients. CCDF completed Phase 1 of this project in early 2014. The first phase pilot tested a new data collection system and validated a set of “common indicators” of client progress and change. A Feasibility Study for Phase 2 was completed in June 2014 and CCDF, along with New Brunswick and Saskatchewan partners, is now working to refine the data collection system based on findings in Phase 1. Extended data collection, analysis and reporting will follow.
CCDF is working with the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, school boards and other provincial partners to provide targeted career development training to teachers, counsellors and educational leaders in the province to support their Student Graduation and Transition Planner initiative.
CCDF is developing a 3- hour online Career Development Foundations Course to extend the accessibility and reach of career development training to teachers, teacher assistance, support staff, employment counsellors and career development practitioners. The initial course will be piloted in the fall of 2014 with goal of making the course widely available in the winter of 2015.
CCDF is developing two modules targeted to adult clients with pre-employability needs. The first module is focused on supporting and motivating clients in a change process and the second is focused on acquiring the skill/attitudes needed to move to career exploration. In this project, CCDF is also training the deliverers of the modules to prepare them to deliver them effectively to clients.
The goal of this project is to provide, through the pilot partnership between Cree Human Resources Development (CHRD), Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Continuing Education Services and CCDF, the development and delivery of a 10 course Career Development Practitioner Training Program for CHRD service staff.
CCDF is delivering a Career Development Practitioner Certificate Program. It is initially being delivered to the Career Development Officers and a second intake of the program has commenced with other service providers.
CCDF developed seven competency-based training courses and delivers them to career development practitioners across New Brunswick. A comprehensive needs assessment was conducted by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, using the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. Key competency gaps and priorities were identified and these shaped the course development. CCDF worked in close collaboration with the Canadian Research Working Group on Evidence-Based Practice to ensure evaluation was embedded throughout and a culture of evaluation is promoted. This training is the first program to be pre-approved as eligible for the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance’s new EVGP Certification. CCDF is currently engaged in a 3-year agreement (2010-2013) to continue to provide state-of-the-art training to front-line staff and managers.
CCDF is delivering competency-based career development training to Local Employment Officers working across Nunavik.
CCDF has been an active contributor in planning the 2015 Symposium and, in its capacity as Chair of the CCCD, has been formally asked to lead the Canadian Team. For more information about the symposium, click here.
CCDF chairs the Steering Committee of CCCD, providing leadership and coordination for the Council.
CCDF serves as the Administrative Centre for the IAEVG, providing member services, financial systems and accountability.
In addition to serving voluntarily on the Board of Directors, CCDF manages the administration and finances for ICCDPP.