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The New Brunswick Business Council is pleased to be part of the advisory committee for iHUB Learning Inc., an innovation hub and not-for-profit organization in the province.

The New Brunswick Business Council is pleased to be part of the advisory committee for iHUB Learning Inc., an innovation hub and not-for-profit organization in the province.

iHUB connects students within the New Brunswick Anglophone public education system to N.B.-based employers. iHUB’s staff acts as connectors for businesses and educators, offering dynamic professional development and research opportunities to transform education so it’s more experiential and personalized.

Did you know? Ninety-five percent of kindergarten students are fully engaged with schooling, but this number declines to 39% by the 11th grade. The downward spiral continues into the workforce. As adults, only 16% of employees are fully engaged with their work.

What can we do to turn these numbers around?

People learn through doing. That’s what makes experiential learning so powerful.

By introducing fresh ideas into our public education system, iHUB is helping students uncover new interests so they’ll stay engaged longer and increase their likelihood of finding meaningful work upon graduation.

“We are committed to supporting teachers in offering experiential learning opportunities to their students, which includes getting out of the classroom and connecting to their community,” says Michelle Duncan, communications & operations manager at iHUB.

Innovative Personalized Learning Centres

iHUB has funded hundreds of projects and established a network of Innovative Personalized Learning Centres (IPLCs) throughout the province—and it hopes to create more. One of the IPLCs iHUB funded and researched is housed in Oromocto High School (OHS), which has become a hugely successful program. OHS is now working toward developing a more substantial agriculture program.

The IPLC has helped re-engage students who were “checked out,” and attendance and the graduation rate have improved dramatically since the program was introduced. Students say these programs are giving them newfound employment options in the province.

Educating the Next Generation of N.B. Workers

iHUB is working to change the narrative that there are “no jobs” in the province, or that graduates need to leave to find occupational success. But the private sector plays an important role in providing hands-on experience to the thousands of students involved in iHUB’s efforts.

Like FutureReadyNB, iHUB is geared toward future-ready education, helping develop practical, transferrable skill sets and real relationships with potential employers. Duncan says she’s hopeful programs like iHUB and FutureReadyNB will “create a culture like in Finland where education and private sector work hand in hand.”

Let’s make that partnership the norm in New Brunswick.   

Are you concerned about the future of your workforce? Start building one now through mentorship, experiential learning, and iHUB. We’re looking to build new connections and partnerships to further propel iHUB’s initiatives.

Contact Michelle at iHUB to learn how your business can get involved.