Competency Assessment Mapping Platform for Industry Responsive Education

The CAMPFIRE project helps mid-career workers gain skills needed for the digital economy.

Partner Co-investment - $211K

Supercluster Co-investment - $306K

Project Budget - $517

Project Partners

Project Overview

Canadian employers across multiple industries face a talent crunch with record-high job vacancy rates and a lack of skilled workers. At the start of 2019, there were 435,000 jobs that sat vacant for at least four months–a real threat to Canada’s prosperity.

At the same time, workers from a variety of industries are at risk of unemployment due to changes in the economy, workforce needs, and technological advancements. The sectors threatened are as varied as forestry, manufacturing, mining, health care, and energy.

CAMPFIRE, the Competency Assessment Mapping Platform for Industry Responsive Education pilot program, aims to provide the kind of skilled talent employers need, and rewarding employment for workers who need new skill sets.

The project led by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), brings together the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia (IEC-BC) and LifeLabs, and will help connect 600 early- and mid-career workers with the digital skills and competencies they need to transition to new work over the next 24 months.

CAMPFIRE’s cross-industry collaboration is targeting three main challenges workers face in making transitions: a lack of insight about opportunities; a lack of access to value-added, integrated employment services; and a lack of recognition of workplace competencies and experience.

The heart of the project is a new on-demand, integrated online platform accessible from anywhere in the country. It will help workers acquire the skills they need to make the shift into high-demand careers in the digital economy by seamlessly connecting them to career planning tools, competency assessment, skills training, network building and job opportunities. 

The platform will personalize services to individual users’ needs and will be driven by their actual skills and competencies rather than simply basing the process on credentials. The project will initially focus on three key economic sectors: forestry, healthcare, and mining. The platform is expected to help impacted workers reduce their time to re-employment by 25 percent. It is also designed to be scalable and extended to other sectors, providing a much-needed approach for building capacity and supporting workforce transformation across the Canadian economy. 

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