The Provincial Government is establishing a new Workforce Innovation Centre at College of the North Atlantic’s Corner Brook campus. The centre will support and fund activities, research, designs and projects that demonstrate innovation and identify methods to better assists individuals prepare for, find, return to, or maintain sustainable employment.
“By using progressive research and leading-edge innovation, College of the North Atlantic’s Workforce Innovation Centre will help set us on a new path of discovery. Through fostering and establishing partnerships throughout our communities that support a spirit of innovation, we will explore new ways of delivering workforce development that support a strong economy in rural and urban parts of the province.”
– The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Workforce Innovation Centre is supported by $1.8 million in funding from the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement. Start-up funding of $300,000 will be used to establish the centre’s office on campus, with $1.5 million allocated to successful proponents of accepted projects following a public call for proposals in spring 2017.
“In The Way Forward, we commit to have College of the North Atlantic and its 17 campuses serve as local and regional economic generators and community hubs. The establishment of a Workforce Innovation Centre firmly supports this government’s vision for the college’s role as a centre for entrepreneurship, innovation, research and development, community access and capacity building.”
– The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
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