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Exciting New Project and Partnership

Summer Student Employability Skills Project

The Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) is partnering with the Youth Initiatives division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education on an employability skills pilot project for youth and employers. The participants are those who are involved in the Student Summer Skills Incentive program. This program offers wage assistance to non-profit organizations that provide summer jobs to post-secondary students.


The NSCDA has engaged Futureworx, using their highly successful Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT), to provide employability skills training, coaching and support to  120 students in four pilot locations across the province. Students and their respective employers will receive training on employability skills with the impact of this training evaluated through employer feedback and student success by the Centre of Employment Innovation.

Participating NSW Centres

Four Nova Scotia Works service providers will implement the pilot during the summer of 2018: TEAM Work Cooperative (HRM), Employment Solutions (Bridgewater), Futureworx (Truro), and the YMCA of Cape Breton (Sydney). Student coordinators at each site will receive ESAT training and employability skills workshop training to support the project. Coordinators will work closely with students to help them achieve gains in employability skills while also assisting employers navigate issues such as supervision and accountability. The 12-week program will run over the summer months with a final report due in October.