Indigenous Employability Skills Certificate
New Brunswick, over the next 10 years, will be facing a labour shortage. New Brunswick’s Indigenous Population is the fastest growing population entering the workforce, but has almost double the unemployment rate nationally of non-indigenous people. The occupations with the largest gaps between non indigenous and indigenous workers are jobs requiring a University Education. One of the most common reasons for indigenous students leaving university was a lack of understanding how their degrees can be used to find meaningful employment. One of the primary goals of the Indigenous Employment Advisor is to assist students in making that connection between post-secondary education and career as early on into their university career as possible. The Indigenous Employability Certificate will be offered at UNB through a partnership between The Career Development and Employment Centre, Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, and UNBSJ Student Services.
The goal of the Indigenous Employability Certificate, is for all Indigenous Students at UNB to leave campus self-sufficient in Career Decision Making, Job Search, and Employment Maintenance. The workshops in this certificate will be designed to meet this criteria and give students the 8 core competencies that are considered essential to employers and ensuring that the delivery of these workshops meet the markers of best practice for working with Indigenous Learners as laid out by FIMSEP. The Core Competencies for Employment Readiness that will be gained through participation in this program is Career Management, Leadership, Oral and Written Communication, Digital Technology, Critical Thinking, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Team Work/Collaboration, and Intercultural/Global Fluency. To Allow for Flexibility and Inclusion of all indigenous learners at UNB, the certificate will be given upon completion of all of the workshops which will run on an ongoing basis so that participation in the workshops and timeline for completion are in control of our Indigenous Learners.
Meaghan McIntyre, University of New Brunswick
P.O Box 4400, Fre3dericton, NB, Canada E3B 5A3