Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has announced a Call for Proposal for a new program “Women’s Employment Readiness Pilot Program.”
The program is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic which negatively affected women. The program targets four groups of women:
- racialized and/or Indigenous women
- women with disabilities
- women from the LGBTQ2 community
- women who have been out of the workforce for a long time
As is ESDC’s usual stipulation, the projects must be national in scope, i.e., 2 or more provinces/territories.
Eligible activities are 1) test pre-employment and skills development supports and 2) test models to improve workplace inclusivity. Pre-employment and skills development supports are “are foundational and transferable skills training (including literacy and essential skills training or the Skills for Success Model) and wrap-around supports.”
I was pleased to see the inclusion of wrap-around supports, an area all to often ignored by funders. The Call for Proposals gives the following examples of wrap around supports:
- living expenses
- appropriate work clothing
This funding program will be of interest to literacy and training organizations, industry associations, labour and employers.
I know that most adult literacy, adult education and training programs already work in these areas and would welcome the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to address the challenges facing these groups of women.
The deadline for proposals is June 30th which is a very short timeline for building a national project.
For information about the funding program, please go to: