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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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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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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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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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The goal of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) is 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 and to share these insights and lessons learned with a larger community of practice.
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CLLN announces new Aboriginal financial literacy project

Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Aboriginal Financial Literacy Project, undertaken in partnership with the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC). This project has been made possible by the support of the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund, which is administered by Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI).
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Adult learners yearn to learn and earn

"During Adult Learners’ Week March 29 to April 6, 2014, the world celebrates adult learners like Maura, Linda and millions of others around the globe who have found the desire, time and energy to pursue their dreams for education and learning. It is imperative that governments provide opportunities and resources for these adults who have both the need and the desire to learn."
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Against the Wind: ASPECT's 2014 Provincial Conference - Call for presenters

ASPECT is a non-profit association of more than 175 community-based training agencies in British Columbia that collectively strives to prepare people for the world of work. The ASPECT conference is about sharing and learning: from keynotes, workshop presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and peers.
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Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) has announced that the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund awarded $1.4 million in grants to 19 community organizations engaged in financial literacy projects across Canada. This round of contributions will support programs focused on financial education and support for women, newcomers, at-risk youth, people in conflict with the law, and Aboriginal people.
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for February 2014

Each month Copian releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads. The report examines the number of Copian Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the Copian website.
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