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Adult Learners’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate lifelong learning. Decoda has kicked off the week by sharing the stories of some adult learners in British Columbia – their hard work and their successes.
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This poem, written by Anthony Stewart, a learner at the Adult Learning Centre in Minto, New Brunswick, was a winning entry in a writing contest hosted by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick for Adult Learners' Week.
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Generation Y not lazy when it comes to taking control of finances

New consumer research is busting stereotypes about millennials being too saddled with student debt and disinterested in career success to care much about their personal finances. With tax refund cheques on the way, 56 per cent of Canadian millennials (aged 18 to 34) say they will save and invest that money, compared with 40 per cent of those aged 35 to 54, and 41 per cent of those over 55.
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The program is built on Bluedrop's unique Learning Network platform to deliver targeted on-demand training. It uses sophisticated assessments to gauge individual skills and determine customized learning paths for optimal results and productivity gains.
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Call for presenters: Laubach Literacy Ontario Conference 2014

Laubach Literacy Ontario is organizing a two-day conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Lakehead University, Orillia, Ontario, from Friday, June 13, to Saturday, June 14. The conference is co-hosted by the Orillia & District Literacy Council and the Literacy Society of South Muskoka.
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Provincial and territorial ministers of education join with Canadians this week to mark Adult Learners’ Week in Canada (ALW 2014). First established in 2000 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ALW serves to raise awareness of the importance of adult learning and its integral role in the lifelong learning process. ALW has been celebrated in Canada since 2002 under the auspices of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
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Education in Finland - a school system based on equality

Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted. Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recesses and shorter school hours than many U.S. children do.
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Employers must help to fill void in essential skills

Janet Lane is the director of human capital policy at the Canada West Foundation. There's been a lot of talk lately in government and business about Canada's skilled worker shortage, but much of it misses a critical point. What we should be talking about instead is the shortage in workers with adequate essential skills.
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New in Decoda library - Workplace Wednesday: Vocational English

The Pearson Longman Vocational English series is designed to meet the English language needs of learners training for or working in specialized fields. Written by industry practitioners, they combine a strong grammar syllabus with the specialized vocabulary and skills needed for working in a particular career.
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Developing skills: Where are Canada’s employers?

Discussions about how to address skills gaps and mismatches in Canada tend to focus more on the roles and choices of students and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions than they do on the role and behaviour of Canada’s employers.
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Three things to do during Aboriginal Languages Month

Aboriginal Languages Month is a perfect time to make sure you are writing NWT place names, such as Łutselk'e and Délı̨ne correctly. You can use the same software that allows Aboriginal language speakers to write Aboriginal languages on computers and the Internet. So much of our lives is online today that Aboriginal language digital literacy is critical to promoting languages and Aboriginal ideas.
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Alphabet poem for Adult Learners’ Week

This poem by El Jones was read at “Celebration of Lifelong Learning,” on April 10, 2013, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before Mayor Mike Savage, councillors and invited guests.
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Literacy funding cuts in British Columbia

The B.C. Ministry of Education has announced it is slashing its literacy funds in half, as the province tries to balance its books. For the last few years, 102 community organizations have received money to hire a part-time Literacy Outreach Coordinator. You can listen to the audio file.
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Essential Skills Video Contest

Enter your video on the importance of essential skills and earn a chance to win a half day on set with Mike Holmes, Canada’s most trusted contractor!
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Summer Institute 2014: Exploring PIAAC Data - Early bird deadline May 1, 2014

This event is the third in a series of bilingual institutes held to explore the meaning and uses of international adult literacy and skills surveys, from IALS to PIAAC. In June 2014, The Centre for Literacy turns its attention to broadening and defining a research agenda using data from PIAAC and related surveys.
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Some thoughts on German apprenticeships

There are, basically, eight major differences between our system of apprenticeships and the ones in Germany. For example: our apprenticeship system is post-secondary, and caters to people in their 20s. Theirs is essentially part of the secondary system, and caters to 17-19 year-olds; as a corollary, German apprentices spend a higher proportion of in-class training on basic employability skills.
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Adult learners from across the province submitted writings and videos about their learning journeys under the theme "I’m Still Learning." The contest is sponsored by Literacy Nova Scotia.
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March 29 to April 6 is Adult Learners' Week in Canada which is a seven-day celebration of lifelong learning. For Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA), every week of the year is a celebration of lifelong learning. “We run a wide-variety of programming,” ACALA director Lise deVilliers said.
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Designing skill-friendly tax policies, according to OECD

The design of the tax system is a key driver for the skills outcomes of OECD economies and thus impact on employment, entrepreneurship and inclusive economic growth. The decision by individuals and companies to undertake education and training is influenced by more than just the tax code. Nonetheless, taxes have significant impacts on the finances of workers, students and companies.
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Students often struggle with using active voice in their writing. For some reason, they have learned along the way that passive voice sounds more “grown up” or academic.
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Canada’s hidden skills gap

There has been a lot of talk lately in government and business about the skilled worker shortage in Canada. But a lot of that talk misses a critical point. What we should be talking about instead is the shortage in workers who have adequate essential skills.
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All across Canada, people are celebrating Adult Learners’ Week!

For information on what is taking place during ALW, visit the following online centres: COPIAN, CCU, SQAF, and the joint RESDAC/CLLN/COPIAN Facebook page dedicated to ALW. Do not hesitate to jump in and promote ALW. Tools and resources are available for you to use.
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Spring clean your finances

After a long, cold winter it’s great to know that spring weather will soon be here — the time to stash away your winter woollies, rake up the yard and clean out the garage. What better time to also spring clean your finances?
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Preparing Newcomers for life in Canada

During his remarks, the Minister announced an additional investment in the CIIP of $1.9 million over the next six months, and highlighted the work that is underway with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) to explore new ways of delivering overseas services. This funding will help more immigrants prepare for life in Canada.
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Winners of the Reading Matters contest announced

Five winners of the Reading Matters contest have been selected, and this will help spread the word about why reading is important, and give us new reasons why reading really does matter to all of us.
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The Manitoba government is introducing a new career development grant for schools that will help students develop clear career paths. The new $1-million career development fund will give students the tools needed to make informed educational choices and will support many activities.
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Literacy and Essential Skills funds lacking, according to Brigid Hayes' Blog

In her Blog, Brigid Hayes writes about federal government funding at the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, administered by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES).
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Income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society, according to a new OECD report. "Society at a Glance 2014" says that despite a gradually improving global economy, medium-term fiscal consolidation in many countries will pose challenges for tackling the social fallout from the crisis.
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Interim funding for training organizations in Nova Scotia

The province of Nova Scotia is providing short-term help to training organizations whose funding has been compromised by ongoing Labour Market Agreement negotiations. The government will provide $2.2 million in interim funding to more than 60 groups that help Nova Scotians get the skills they need to connect with jobs.
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Partnership aimed at raising Canadians' financial literacy skills

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson joined representatives of ABC Life Literacy Canada and the TD Bank Group for the launch of their Money Matters program. Also attending were program participants, who will be learning about the availability of resources and tools to help them make informed decisions about managing their personal finances.
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