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Like any other sector, our industry is going through rapid change, namely major transitions in leadership as the baby-boomer generation retires. It is critical we have the foresight to begin nurturing and supporting future leaders for our organizations.
With this in mind, the CCYP Fellowship program was designed to engage dynamic young people in their early-late 20’s (age 21-29) to help advance policy and practice in Canada's workforce development sector. The program provides a career pathway to get promising, bright young thinkers into the workforce development industry, while at the same time it serves as a means to add a youth perspective to the research of CCYP.
The CCYP fellowship program has a focused set of goals, to ensure that there are both immediate outcomes as well as long-term outcomes that build the foundation for longer term sector stability.
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Fellows will gain a full-time, paid placement for seven months working at the CCYP. During this time they will support a research project around one of CCYP’s existing research priorities. Training in research methods and techniques for the Fellows will be built into the process of carrying out the research.
The Fellowship will also provide career development opportunities to fellows and a chance to cultivate networks in the workforce development industry. They will also receive 1-on-1 career coaching and take part in professional development workshops. As the Fellowship is a career pathway in itself, it will be an opportunity to expose Fellows to some of the best practices the industry has to offer, while inviting them to help push the industry to be even more impactful in its work. Our Fellowship program is a chance for us to have deeper and more authentic engagement with youth as we conduct research and develop best practices for our industry.
We hope that the Fellowship will be extremely beneficial to the career aspirations of the Fellows. We also hope that the workforce development sector will benefit from gaining new diverse employees who can become future thought leaders in the space.