Responding to a Critical Moment:
NBCC Grads needed to grow New Brunswick
To build a more resilient New Brunswick, we need to confront three related challenges.
Our workforce is aging rapidly
Nearly a quarter of New Brunswick's’ workforce is between 55 and 69 years of age, with nearly one third of our workforce set to retire by 2027, creating significant job vacancies.
Almost half of our jobs are at risk of disruption
47% of jobs in New Brunswick are at high or significant risk of automation or technological disruption – among the highest rates in Canada.
The educational attainment of our workforce is lagging.
At 58%, New Brunswick ranks last in post-secondary education attainment of citizens aged 25-65. Nationally the rate is 65%.3 Lower education rates are associated with more precarious employment. One third of shortages reported by small businesses are for jobs that require a college diploma or apprenticeship.
"We believe that every New Brunswicker should have the opportunity to develop the skills to fully participate in meaningful work and that our businesses should have access to the teams and talent they need to grow and compete here at home and around the world.”
- Mary Butler,
President and CEO, NBCC
"The McCain Foundation believes that NBCC’s Going Beyond Campaign has the potential to have a transformative impact on the province. By offering flexible learning programs that focus on employable skills, young people in both our cities and rural communities will have opportunities to live and work in New Brunswick. We are proud to support this ambitious vision.”
- Linda McCain,
GOING BEYOND TO
Innovate Educational Delivery
In every sector, it can be tough to keep pace with technology. At NBCC, we’re committed to using technology to increase flexibility and access to skills development. We’ll connect more learners with training opportunities to develop the skilled workers businesses need to grow and compete.
Connected classroom technology to break down geographic barriers ($2.5 million).
Through the innovative use of technology, tools and spaces, NBCC is bridging the gap between distance and opportunity, bringing industry-leading skills and advanced training opportunities to communities across New Brunswick.
You can also help NBCC students learn using the tools and equipment they’ll encounter in the workplace by donating equipment or contributing to the purchase of new equipment. Your contribution means our students can enter the workforce with all the technical skills they need to succeed and help our industries prosper.
Modern and connected multi-use spaces where NBCC students can safely and comfortably connect, study, and work collaboratively with each other, just as they will need to do in the workplace ($2.5 million).
Post-secondary education has changed over the past 50 years. Mostly, NBCC campuses have not. Your contribution will help NBCC go beyond its original architecture to create future forward facilities across all campuses. Help us create vibrant, connected, adaptive learning spaces that reflect the modern, forward-thinking of today; spaces that inspire pride, confidence, and collaborative connections; spaces that safely accommodate in-person activities and position NBCC as a learning centre of choice for generations to come.
GOING BEYOND TO
Accelerate Skills Development
The traditional post-secondary model, with full-time classes, set class times, and on-campus delivery, is a successful model for many, but may not work for everyone. To reach more potential learners, we have to add more options in self-paced learning, short-term credentials, and alternative delivery models to complement the traditional model. Providing new and innovative access points is key to ensuring that no one is left behind.
A transformational model of post-secondary education that helps individuals and employers access skills and training where and when they need through more flexible learning and increased connectivity ($3 million).
By leveraging technology to provide real-time information on current opportunities and future skills needs from employers, we can ensure that both individual learning paths and our programming match New Brunswick’s real needs and opportunities.
NBCC is committed to quick, quality-assured, and transferable training. By working with partners we can promote innovative approaches for learning-integrated work, increased connectivity on and off campus, and greater creativity in our training environments.
"Allowing the students to have control over their learning environment allows for a better learning experience. I have students who do better learning online, while others prefer the classroom. Being able to offer all my courses virtually and face-to-face at the same time is a win-win situation for everyone.”
- Aynslie Croney,
GOING BEYOND TO
Reach New Learners
Your contribution will help NBCC reach unprecedented numbers of learners, including groups traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education, so they can find success in the workplace and grow our economy.
Increased student financial support ($6 million).
Your support of NBCC’s Scholarships, Bursaries, and Critical Aid Fund can help ensure more students have access to skills development opportunities and necessary supports to allow them to complete their studies.
Mobile Training Unit to open new skilling opportunities, anywhere in
New Brunswick ($2 million).
Practical training can’t always happen virtually, and not everyone can access on-site programming. That’s where NBCC’s Mobile Training Unit comes in, delivering the hands-on skills training, customized on-demand programming, and trades certifications for which NBCC is known. By bringing the Mobile Training Unit to schools and communities across the province we will introduce the skilled trades to thousands of young New Brunswickers. Your investment in NBCC’s Mobile Training Unit will help roll out a powerful recruitment tool, inspiring and training a whole new generation of skilled tradespeople.
"While attending NBCC I worked full time hours and studied full time. I was the President of the Student Government and engulfed myself in school culture. Receiving the Margaret Sweet Memorial Scholarship meant I could focus on my studies, my future, and my place in the construction industry. Their decision to choose me as a recipient gave me purpose and, without a doubt, aided in my successful completion of the Civil Engineering Technology program.”
- Jess Gould, Class of 2014 (Civil Engineering Technology),
Senior Project Manager