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Feature of the month | August 2009

Cavendish Farms is the largest private-sector employer on Prince Edward Island and it is doing its part to contribute to an educated workforce.

The company’s Learning Centre, located along with two production facilities in New Annan, P.E.I., serves as a model for other organizations with an interest in workplace learning programs.

Originally designed to facilitate General Educational Development (GED) completion, the learner-centred environment has grown remarkably and continues to meet the unique needs of Cavendish Farms employees. In addition to GED, it now offers adult basic literacy, secondary English, mathematics, biology, history, post-secondary refreshers, computer literacy, creative and professional writing, post-secondary facilitation, and assistance with professional licensing.

All employees of the potato products producer can access the Learning Centre whether they are full-time, part-time, casual or seasonal employees.

“I think the best environment for learning is one in which the student can learn at his own pace,” a Cavendish Farms employee said. “People learn in different ways and at different speeds. Our differences are respected here and we can all take away learning that matters to us.”

To read a complete profile of the Cavendish Farms Learning Centre, go to http://library.nald.ca/item/8261.

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