Workshop 3


Now that students understand the labour market challenge and its context, and have made the labour market meaningful to them, it's time to start developing a solution. This workshop asks students to begin to look at how the research they have done to date can inform a solution, and offers students an outline and structure to plan how they'll implement their solution, and what needs to happen.

What you learn
  • Students will identify and analyze the current challenges faced by New Brunswick in attracting and retaining young talent.
  • Activities:
    • Learn about PETL and the challenge they are inviting students to solve
    • Group discussion on challenges faced by New Brunswick in retaining young talent
    • Group activity analyzing data on youth retention initiatives in New Brunswick and other provinces
For Teachers

This workshop includes extension activities that you can use in your classroom, independent of the student modules. 

Using the developed Project-Based Learning workshop supports your facilitation and guidance of these student-driven modules.

During this workshop, you will want to consider how students will form groups to work on creating solutions. 

To learn more about how this project is connected to the New Brunswick Career Education Framework click here.

Approximate Time to Complete

1 - 2 hours

Key Terms

  • Economic Region

    By dividing up the province into sections of economic activity, we can clearly track employment information that helps to make informed decisions. In New Brunswick, there are five economic regions: Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Central and Northwest. 

  • Community

    A community is a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government. A community can also look like a group of people with shared interests.

  • Economic Immigration

    Economic immigration is one of four categories that allow people from other countries who are not Canadian citizens to move to—and live and work permanently in—Canada.

  • Solution Statement

    A solution statement offers a response to a challenge. It considers who the solution is for, and who can help us; How the solution will look in real life, and how the solution makes a difference; and why the solution is a good idea.

  • Recruitment

    Recruitment refers to the process of identifying, attracting, interviewing, selecting, hiring and onboarding employees.

  • Employee/Worker Retention

    Employee retention is often expressed as a statistic; the percentage of employees that stay employed at one company for a fixed time period. 

Workshop THREE: Develop a solution

To educators: select from below how you would like to facilitate this workshop. The options include:

  1. PowerPoint slide deck with facilitator notes for delivery
  2. Video recording of PowerPoint slide deck narrated by CCDF. Push pause when prompted and whenever you see appropriate to facilitate classroom activities and discussion.
  3. Utilize a combination of self-facilitated and video recording.
  4. Preview video recording as a way to guide how you would like to facilitate using the PowerPoint slide deck.

ACTIVITY: Explore opportunity

Think Pair Share


There are three steps to this activity: Think, Pair, and Share. In Think, students reflect and research their responses to questions independently. In Pair, students partner with others to discuss their ideas, and come up with more innovative strategies. In Share, each group of students is asked to share their best ideas. Students should be open to thoughts and feedback, as this discussion could lead to a potential solution.

Download the worksheet below, and collaboratively brainstorm different ideas and potential solutions that could make New Brunswick the best place for people to choose to build their career.

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Who How Why


After completing Think Pair Share there will be a variety of potential solutions to ponder. Natural groups may form to work on specific solutions they are drawn to or groups may be assigned. Group size can vary but the best solutions come from the opportunity to work collaboratively.

When we are trying to decide on a solution we need to consider who could help us, and who the solution is for; How this solution will look in real life and how does this solution make a difference; and why this solution is a great idea.

The following worksheet will support students who are looking to expand on their Solution Statement before diving into planning.

Our Pitch


After having completed a significant amount of research, students will have a bird's-eye view understanding of the different ways that the labour market affects them, employers, and the province. The following worksheet will support students who are looking to develop a Solution Statement and Pitch that will inform their plan.

My Solution's Plan


Every great solution and action comes with an equally great plan. Take your solution to new heights by planning out each step of the plan, who will do it, and what you might need to develop the solution.

The My Solution's Plan worksheet will support students to write out the different steps of their plan, with space to brainstorm.

The Team Tasks worksheet supports students in keeping track of all of the steps involved in their plan so that it's crystal clear who is doing what.


  • Use more than one source of LMI

  • Consider the what it means to stay, or go

    Consider the different challenges in moving -- moving to New Brunswick, or from New Brunswick

Questions? Ask Away!

Do you have a question you want to ask the people who work at PETL?

Ask your questions about the labour market, what PETL does to support career exploration in the province, or anything else that you think would help your class come up with the best solutions you can!

This could be the names of the student submitting, the classroom subject, or if students have been creative, the name of their solution group!
This email should not be a student email. The project manager will only respond to messages sent from teachers.
What would you like to know more about that PETL could answer questions on? Anything related to solving the challenge posed, or developing a solution! Your question will be forwarded directly to PETL.

Moving on

Once students have completed their worksheets, they are ready to move on to the next workshop!

They should have

  • A knowledge of available employer resources offered by the province of New Brunswick and other provinces.
  • An understanding of what a solution statement is.
  • An opportunity to brainstorm and choose a solution
  • An opportunity to plan their solution

Extension activities

Looking for more activities that can support this workshop? Browse the resources below. Some can be facilitated, and some are great supporting tools, activities or videos!

Extension Resources and Activities for this Workshop


100+ Final Product Ideas for Project Based Learning

Looking for creative ideas for a final product? Not entirely sure how to demonstrate a solution. This list of great PBL ideas offers you and your students an opportunity to think BIG!

  • Activity Length: >10 minutes
  • Best Shared During: Explain or Elaborate
SOURCE: Labour Market INdustry Council of Canada (LMIC)

What is a Good Job?

A thoughtful article on what makes a good job, published by the Labour Market Industry Council of Canada (LMIC). Read, reflect, and respond to the following questions:

  1. How has the perception of a good job changed in the labor market?
  2. Why is the lack of agreement on the definition of a "good job" concerning?
  3. In your own words, describe a labour market challenge that addresses one of the seven essential factors of job quality.
    Example: Nurses are needed to address overwork in the labour market. Nurses who are currently working, often work long, hard hours and must work overtime for their employer.
  • Reading Length: >10 minutes
  • Activity Length: >30 minutes
  • Best Shared During: Explore or Elaborate