Request For Proposal: Employer Support and Development Program Design - Prince's Trust Canada

Apr 19, 2021
Across Canada

Prince’s Trust Canada is currently developing and broadening its National Youth Employment (YE) programs to pivot to online delivery as well as develop new program elements, all with a focus on creating sustainable career pathways for marginalized and racialized young people in Canada. Prince’s Trust Canada is looking to engage a consulting firm with extensive experience in working with non-profit organizations to create program content aimed at a employer and business audience, which can be delivered in either face to face or virtual settings and can be adapted to meet the needs of a diverse community across Canada. The consultant will help Prince’s Trust Canada create a framework of programs that drive us towards our strategic objectives, with content that brings unique value to marginalized young people aged 18-30.

Our work is centred on preparing young people for the transforming world of work, creating inclusive and equitable workplaces and is inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and global vision of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Core to our model is a highly collaborative approach that engages community, business, financial supporters and our global partners to create immediate connections for young people with career opportunities while building towards greater systemic change for the future.

In support of this work, we are seeking expertise in program design and development. Our youth employment programs are collaborative, skills-session based, cohort programs ranging from 1 hour to 10 weeks. We work with business and community to co-create labour market-driven solutions that respond directly to current and future skills gaps.

Our ideal consultant will have previous experience creating programs and content in multi-sectoral environments, specifically in the area of youth career development, equitable and inclusive business practices, and/or organizational capacity building.


At Prince’s Trust Canada, we recognize that supporting young people into employment is only one half of the equation; in order for businesses to be ready for the workforce of the future – one that is diverse, sustainable and socially responsible – it is imperative that these workplaces are youth inclusive and responsive to the needs of their young workers.  To ensure that the businesses we work with are also ready for the future of work, we are creating a set of employer education modules to incorporate into our program offerings, setting up young people and their employers for success.

Prince’s Trust Canada’s youth employment programming supports diverse young people from across Canada, aged 18-30 who face barriers to employment.  These can include socioeconomic challenges, issues related to physical or mental health and wellbeing, newcomer status, homelessness, involvement in the care or justice systems or simply a lack of access to traditional employment resources, networks or mentors.

The Organization

Prince’s Trust Canada is a national charity whose vision is a sustainable future for Canada, where young people and communities thrive. Our mission is to empower young people and Veterans to build resilient, future-ready communities.

Our new Youth Employment Program Design framework confirms the approach we will take to fulfilling these key Objectives outlined within the 2020-2025 strategic plan:

1. Preparing young people and Veterans for the transforming world of work

2. Championing sustainable solutions for a green recovery

3. Empowering our people and our partnerships

4. Delivering impact

5. Investing in the future

Our programs lie at the intersection of the three pillars of sustainability, economic, social and environmental.

Through innovative partnerships, our programs help young people overcome barriers to employment and prepare for the changing world of work, provide entrepreneurship training and support for veterans, and address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Our work is inspired by our Founder and President, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and is driven by his vision for a more sustainable future.

Please see our website for more about us.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and the hard work, reflection and action required as an organization to effect and sustain change.  Our work is guided by our five overarching values:  Inspiration, Community, Action, Responsibility and Empathy as well as our DEI actions framework.

We prioritize working with firms led by Black, Indigenous or other people of colour who can demonstrate a connection to or are representative of our program participant group and who have a proven track record with the scope of work identified as we strive to build a more inclusive society.

Scope of Services Required
We would like the project to be completed by May 31, 2021.

We expect our budget to range between $10,000 and $15,000 (incl HST) to complete this work.

We are a small national team with an office based in Toronto and individual employees working remotely in several locations. Due to COVID-19, we are currently working remotely and do not anticipate any travel requirements for this project.

Desired Outcomes

The project is to facilitate supporting activities and create content for Prince’s Trust Canada’s Youth Employment Employer support and development program:

  • Support the design and facilitation of a series of Employer Consultations, with the objective of identifying and testing the initial module content being developed and to inform methodology for further modules and units in the future.
  • Co-creation of our new Employer Support and Development model. Designed for employers, PTC is building the first 3 modules of a wider employer framework (detailed below) which aims to support employers to create and maintain inclusive, diverse, and empowering workspaces as well as increase their capacity to hire and retain young people. This work will also have a focus on educating and encouraging employers to hire young people involved in the justice system and developing a national network of employer champions.
  • Work alongside Prince’s Trust Canada to revise and create better cohesion between the new employer modules and our existing materials for the “Buddy Program”

Session 1 – Working with Diverse Young People: Creating Equitable & Inclusive Spaces for their Success


Employer will learn more about the specific systemic barriers facing the young people we work with as well as strategies they can employ via their workplace practices

Session outline:

  • Introduction to concepts of equity and antioppression as they relate to the specific barriers young people face to employment
  • Analysis of current workplace practices which may create unconscious bias
  • Benefits of diverse and inclusive workplaces

Session 2 – Working with Diverse Young People: Onboarding & Training Strategies


Employer will learn new and innovative strategies to ensure their workplace is a safe and attractive space for diverse young people

Session outline:

  • Analysis of current hiring and onboarding strategies
  • Thinking outside the box, re: traditional hiring and onboarding strategies
  • Best practices from businesses successfully engaged in working with diverse young people

Session 3 – Working with Diverse Young People: Care & Support in the Workplace


This session will help give employers the tools to better develop and retain diverse young talent in their workplaces

Session outline:

  • Best practice examples from HR experts and young workers themselves
  • Introduction to mentoring and the “Buddy Program” 
  • Content and activities developed for each session will be facilitated in an online environment and include 1-2 pages of takeaways in a PDF format

Quotation Requirements

Please ensure proposals address each section of the following:

  • A proposal of how the firm intends to approach the project in the given timeframe, to include:  A background description of experience and interest in relation to the scope of services outlined above and examples of how the team has approached similar work in the past and what outcomes they have achieved.
  • A budget breakdown of all costs associated with the services including HST

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your proposal as outlined above, attached in PDF format to Alexis Ramgulam by April 19, 2021.

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