St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador — March 17
Through an investment of $1,689,500, the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, announced SmartForce NL, an initiative to promote skill development for all workers in the province. The funding was made available through the Labour Market Development Agreement.
The program will be delivered through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) and Bluedrop Performance Learning.
“This new initiative has the power to open up opportunities for job seekers and employee seekers alike and open up jobs and careers that might not otherwise have been attainable,” said Minister King.
Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province to use SmartForce to develop and deliver human resources training to small and medium-sized enterprises and help them compete for employees globally. The project will consist of courses, launched on CoursePark Social Learning Network, which will train theory and practical application of the items identified in the HR Manager toolkit.
Through CoursePark, employees will be able to build a personal profile and access courses on topics ranging from Microsoft Excel to leadership or project management. Companies will create learning networks to manage the training of their employees, aiming to improve human resources knowledge and strengthen global marketing skills.