The future-ready workforce series - Upskilling to prepare the future of work

Online Only
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM  - 2:00 PM EST 

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To remain competitive in today's world, you must equip your employees with knowledge and skills.

As today’s workforce shifts, organizations face an urgent need to upskill their teams to create opportunities for valued existing employees to take on new roles and functions. Equipping employees with new knowledge and skills to adapt to changes within their current role will be key for businesses to remain competitive and agile as the demand for new capabilities increases. It can also help avoid critical skills gaps as globalization, digitization and accelerated automation impact current and future challenges at work.

Join us for the fourth and final event in a multi-part Future-Ready Workforce Series from the University of Waterloo's Work-Learn Institute and discover how employers are upskilling their teams to adapt to a rapidly changing labour market. Access new research insights from Waterloo experts, as well as student and employer guest speakers, that highlight how to be future-ready in an evolving world of work. You'll also learn how organizations can upskill employees to enable growth and success in an increasingly complex workforce

During this online event, we’ll share how you can strengthen your strategies for:

  • enhancing future-ready skills and employability;

  • upskilling talent to enable professional and career development; and

  • implementing training programs to upskill talent and prepare for the future of work.

Plus, hear student and employer perspectives on the value of upskilling your talent pipeline for the future of work!

Event Details:


12:00pm - 1:00pm


Anne and guest speakers share exclusive upskilling insights.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Breakout Session 1: How project-based learning can prepare teams for the future of work

Real-world work experience are invaluable in a complex and shifting workforce. Join this session as University of Waterloo students share how project-based learning shapes their work term experiences and impacts their future academic and career choices.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Breakout Session 2: How to upskill emerging talent and create an engaging work term

As the labour market evolves, so does the need for highly skilled and agile talent with relevant work experience. Learn how Polar and BDO Canda implement upskilling programs to help their teams develop the most in-demand skillsets for the future of work.



Anne-Marie Fannon
Director, Work-Learn Institute
University of Waterloo
Peter Tulumello
National Leader for Learning Advisory and Ecosystems
Kavir Gopaul
Mechatronics Engineering Student
University of Waterloo


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Future-ready workforce series

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