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CBC Radio: Literacy in Kamloops in three steps

Is there a trick to getting reluctant readers to love books? It's free for families at the North Kamloops Library. "Three steps to literacy"is a series of workshops that kicked off Monday morning.
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B.C.'s Blueprint offers new approach to skills training

British Columbia is expecting significant growth in the natural resources industry over the next decade, with most major projects located in northern or remote communities. The province needs to be ready with the skilled workers. The Blueprint is a comprehensive plan to re-engineer the education and training system to align with labour market needs, at the right time and in the right place.
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Free, online textbooks developed for skills training in British Columbia

British Columbia is now developing 20 open, online textbooks specifically for post-secondary skills training and technical programs. Students taking skills and technical training programs like electrical, oil and gas, tourism, nursing and others will also be able to get some of their textbooks online for free, saving hundreds of dollars.
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Workplace Literacy Guide

The newly published Workplace Literacy Guide, developed by ProLiteracy with funding from Pitney Bowes, is a resource to help organizations explore the practices and procedures for setting up a variety of formal workplace literacy programs. It includes information on steps in developing the program, bidding the job, contracting for services, forming an advisory team, developing job profiles, setting goals and measurable objectives, and more.
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WORDS2LEARN Mobile Learning Project

Managed and led by World Education, the Words2Learn Mobile Learning Project studied the use of a mobile app to accelerate the learning of academic and health career related vocabulary for adults preparing to enter postsecondary training. I
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New Industry Training Authority board of directors appointed

A new board of directors for B.C.’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) was appointed today by Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. The new board will be responsible for building stronger partnerships with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeships as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
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Ten ways to make your work environment more productive

When we look forward to getting to work, we are likely to do good work. When we are disengaged, negative feelings can remove the energy out of an office environment in no time. Here are 10 ways we can all be leaders in developing a healthy eco-system in our working environment.
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The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honours innovation in the creation and delivery of adult literacy or adult-integrated family literacy programs delivered by a community organization in Canada. The 2014 application deadline is Friday, May 30, at 5 p.m. EST.
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Building leadership capacity­, which refers to developing leaders who are capable of stepping up to successively senior executive roles, continues to be one of the top human capital challenges, according to the Conference Board of Canada's third edition of Human Resources Trends and Metrics: HR Measurement Benchmarking.
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Employment is 'just a job,' for most Canadians: study

Getting up and going to work every day is harder when you don't see your occupation as a career. Nearly three-in-five (58 per cent) of Canadian workers feel that they have "just a job" as opposed to a career (42 per cent).
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Researchers Sue Folinsbee and Brigid Hayes are investigating models that bring small businesses together in “clusters” or “hubs” in order to deliver training (literacy, essential skills, other workplace training).
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A commercial project of Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning, the First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project (FIMESIP) website was designed to gain a better understanding of the state of practice with respect to Essential Skills initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada. An objective was also to share these insights and lessons learned with the larger community of practice.
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Soaring tuition costs force students to work more hours: analysis

Many university students have to work double, triple and in some cases six times the number of hours in minimum-wage jobs to afford tuition costs compared to 40 years ago, according to Statistics Canada data analyzed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
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Minding the skills gap in British Columbia

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC has launched a new campaign at MindTheGapBC.com to introduce employers and hiring managers across British Columbia to an online library of employer tools and resources that assist with hiring immigrant talent.
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"We all agree that we need action on First Nations education because it is crucial for our children and it is crucial for our shared future. But we must get it right. Each nation will need to determine for themselves if this bill meets their needs and our demand for an approach that places our children front and centre and is founded on our rights, treaties and jurisdiction." - Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo
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Have you heard of NALES? Read on

"Last year, the three territorial literacy coalitions signed a memorandum of agreement, and the Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES) was born. Each literacy council is still an independent body, with its own projects, but we realized the power of numbers and the potential for working together on projects of mutual interest." - Helen Balanoff on behalf of Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES)
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CMEC has just published an Assessment Matters! research note on the problem-solving skills of Canadian 15-year-olds. The note uses data from the recently released OECD report on problem solving from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). OECD results show that only seven of the 44 participating countries, and only two OECD countries, achieved a higher average score in problem solving than Canada.
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Celebrating 25 years of Copian: Canada's premier national adult literacy database

In 2014, adult literacy educators in Canada and other nations celebrate 25 years of service by Copian, formerly known as the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD).
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I'm Still Learning! is the tagline for Adult Learners’ Week 2014 which runs from March 29 to April 6. One of its goals is the promotion of a culture of lifelong learning, and CFUW, as a representative on the Education Sub-Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, is a strong supporter of this goal.
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Complete FIMESIP survey by April 7 and you could win an iPad mini

Less than a week remains to complete the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) website survey in order to be eligible to win an iPad mini. The survey, which closes April 7, is for everyone working to support workforce, literacy and essential skills development of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
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This report from the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is a must-read for everyone with an interest in the practitioners/workers/educators who work in the literacy and essential skills (LES) field and the students/learners whom these individuals work tirelessly to support.
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Governments of Canada and British Columbia take action to create jobs

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Shirley Bond, British Columbia Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, have signed several agreements to help connect Canadians with available jobs, including one to implement the Canada Job Grant in British Columbia.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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