Pier Labs to lead Aspire Atlantic Project, bringing evidence-based employment programming to Nova Scotia and PEI

June 9, 2020

Announced on June 8th, 2020, Pier Labs and Davis Pier are proud to be selected for one of thirty key national projects that are rethinking training, upskilling, and employment programming. As Canada continues to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 the country is looking at this and other large-scale disruptions that have dramatically affected the jobs and workplaces of millions of Canadians. Pier Labs will lead the Aspire Atlantic project which kicks off this week.

More about Aspire Atlantic
Despite increased employment potential in the Maritimes, low-income individuals continue to be disproportionately impacted by high unemployment rates.

Currently in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. there is an opportunity to enhance existing employment programs to support clients in their career journey from assessment, training, to employment, through to advancement into middle-skilled jobs.

Future Skills Centre is investing $230,000 to develop Aspire Atlantic and bring additional evidence-based employment programming to Nova Scotia and PEI, with three main goals for job seekers: employment, career advancement, and increased earnings.

Aspire Atlantic is intended to bridge the gap between the needs of employers and aiding workers to advance to higher-skilled jobs.  This is achieved through a sector-based skills development intervention that identifies local sector demand and works with employers to develop skills training and job placements with the goal of moving unemployed persons or low-wage workers into middle-skill jobs with advancement opportunities. The Aspire Atlantic program, based on the American WorkAdvance model, will include employability assessment , sector-specific occupational skills training, supports for sector-specific job development, and post-employment retention and advancement services.

For more information read the full Future Skills Centre press release.

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