RBC and Saskatchewan Polytechnic help students prepare for the future of work
RBC Future Launch helps Sask Polytech prepare students for the changing nature of work, build curriculum for the 21st century
November 17, 2017 – Last night during a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business and Industry Dinner, president and CEO, Dr. Larry Rosia, announced that the RBC Foundation is donating a $100,000 gift as part of RBC Future Launch, a 10-year commitment to unlock the potential of young people and prepare students for the future world of work.
“We at RBC are passionate about helping young Canadians gain access and opportunity to the skills needed for the future world of work,” shares RBC regional president Kim Ulmer. “Through this gift and the great work of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, students and industries across Canada will benefit through an alignment of what is learned and what is required for the evolving needs of workplaces in the new millennium.”
“RBC’s significant gift supports our vision of meeting student and market needs, making us globally recognized as the first-choice polytechnic in Canada,” says Rosia. “This investment will help Sask Polytech prepare our students with skills for the future—skills that will enable them to make complex decisions, think critically and creatively, apply entrepreneurial concepts to their work, and appreciate the dynamics of working within a team structure.”
The workforce of tomorrow will require such skills to meet the challenges and opportunities of rapid change and technological disruption, experts say. The RBC Foundation gift will help Sask Polytech launch a pilot project to create assessment tools and curriculum focused on evaluating and addressing the soft skills needed for the workforce of the future. Many students know their future will be defined by disruption. Sask Polytech’s pilot project will help develop tools for students and employers to retool, rethink and rebuild as the age of disruption takes hold.
More information on RBC Future Launch can be found at www.rbc.com/futurelaunch.
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About Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.