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Applications are now open for the next cohorts of LaunchPad!

Application close: April 16th

Program course dates: June 8 – October 8, 2021

Not sure if LaunchPad is right for your agency? We strongly encourage you to tune into the webinar!

Agencies participating in LaunchPad will design and deliver industry-specific workforce programs that prepare vulnerable unemployed jobseekers for specific in-demand skills based on needs of regional employers, while building resilience, self-efficacy and confidence to support sustainable advancement toward client goals and labour market outcomes.

The program combines a dual-customer (demand-driven) approach to engaging employers and designing curriculum, coupled with an asset, goal-focused and trauma-informed delivery method that builds on adult-learning best practices.

This is a highly participatory course. Those staff participating (2-3 from each agency) should be comfortable discussing, sharing and learning with peers.

In LaunchPad, participating agencies and staff will learn how to design and implement:


  • Dual-customer workforce programs focused on preparing vulnerable job seekers for specific in-demand jobs
  • Applied occupation-specific skills training
  • Programming to support participants to achieve their goals and be successful on the job
  • In-take and selection processes to build participant motivation
  • A trauma-informed approach in the design and delivery of the program
  • An Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive framework while designing and delivering programming and working with employers
  • Structured post program retention supports
  • Implement continuous improvement

All participating agencies will design and implement an industry-specific pre-employment programs which connect barriered jobseekers with sustainable in-demand jobs.

Following the 16-week training, participating agencies will pilot their customized LaunchPad Program. Weekly group coaching will be available for 12 weeks following the training.


  • 18-week (including orientation and a reading week) applied course for agencies who develop & deliver employment and training programs
    • 3 hours of live training delivery
      • 9:00a.m - 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday
    • A 1-hour peer call on Fridays (time TBC with peers)
    • Up to 4 hours per week spent on homework and assignments
  • Highly interactive participatory course involving active engagement
  • Course to be delivered in cohorts with teams of 2-3 staff per agency participating

For further information on programming details, please refer to the course syllabus and LaunchPad FAQs.

The program is valued at $4,500; however, the program is being made available free of charge thanks to funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.