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Venture for canada is building a Better, More Innovative canada
While 83 percent of educators feel that youth are ready for work, only 34 percent of employers and 44 percent of youth agree. There’ s an increasing disconnect between the skills young people have and the skills they need. To navigate work postCovid-19 and in the future, young people need to master soft skills and entrepreneurial skills — like creativity, adaptability, and nimbleness. These skills are critical for future generations to succeed in the knowledge and digital economy.
The innovation and startup ecosystem must collaborate with government, post-secondary institutions, and the private sector to build a thriving, youth-led Canada. Post- secondary institutions, the public sector, and the private sector are all integral players in building a more workforce-ready society.
Venture for Canada ( VFC) is a connector that brings these sectors together. The charity fosters the entrepreneurial skills today’s students and graduates need to play a constructive role in growing tomorrow’s rapidly- evolving economy. Its programs give participants a line on jobs in burgeoning startups and small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMES), providing them with customized training, coaching, and peer networking. Vfc also supports the smes who employ its program participants, post- secondaries, and industry organizations to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Cross- sector collaboration, support, and partnerships are essential for Canada’s thriving communities.
Vfc is empowering youth to pursue entrepreneurial careers and to create positive social, economic, and environmental impact.