Belleville, Ontario

View of Belleville, Ontario from the water.
Photo by P199 (CC BY-SA 3.0). Image has been cropped.

Next Steps Project

Project Lead: Shannon Lee, Community Learning Alternatives


The Community Learning Alternatives’ “Next Steps” beta-test project was delivered in the Bay of Quinte Region of Hastings County, a cluster of small and medium-size communities between Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario.

The area has experienced many large manufacturing plant closures in the past few years with more looming. Although new plants have opened, the skills needed are not always a good match with the skills of job seekers. Workers who have been displaced often struggle to identify and describe their transferable skills, leaving a lack of confidence to move on to other employment. Next Steps helped these workers understand their current skills and how these skills make them good candidates for other employment opportunities.

This beta-test site developed and shared curricula for their training delivery, and was selected to continue to the Pilot Test phase of this project.

Read the beta-test report.


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