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Every year the event draws esteemed speakers and authors to talk to youth about literacy and the importance of learning for life.
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Fish fry to aid Midland literacy organization

Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton is once again hosting a fish fry in support of Gateway Centre for Learning. The fundraiser will take place May 30 in the Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre’s Brian Orser Hall.
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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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Join Essential Skills Ontario May 20 from 1:00-2:00PM ET, for Establishing the Business Case for Workplace Essential Skills Training: UPSKILL - A Pan-Canadian Demonstration Project, a webinar presented by David Gyarmati, SRDC Research Director & Adam Morrison, OTEC’s Director of Project Development. OTEC was one of SRDC’s lead partners in Ontario responsible for engaging employers, recruiting workers & delivering the LES training program.
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Learning: We All Struggle

Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador invited Tannis Atkinson to Newfoundland in early April to talk about what was happening in Ontario programs designed for adults who come back to school to get their high school graduation. Tannis sat down with Helen Woodrow to talk about her experience.
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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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Number of university graduates stabilizing in the Maritimes

Maritime universities granted more than 15,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates in 2012. According to a report released by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, the number of university credentials granted, which had been decreasing since its peak five years ago, is now stabilizing.
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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 research by the Conference Board of Canada shows that Canadian organizations are heavily investing dollars and energy into their HR functions in the emerging "Talent Decade." During this time, strategic factors such as demographics, labour markets and productivity are converging to elevate the importance of talent even further. In this dynamic business environment, it is talent management that will create sustainable competitive advantage.
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Four tips to help employees manage stress

There has been a “staggering” increase in the number of calls made to its employee assistance programs over the past four years, says an executive with a company that provides such programs to employers.
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Province of Alberta wants employers and workers to ‘Work Right’

Provincial government has launched a new campaign to improve workplace safety and fairness.
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Geoff Johnson: Library skills still essential to adult literacy

As adults who had grown up in the 1940s and 1950s and then studied at universities and colleges in the ’60s and ’70s, we still had a deeply comforting notion of the purposes of a library. Libraries were cathedrals of quiet, venerable repositories of centuries of information, holy places where silence enabled us to contemplate our own ignorance compared to the wisdom of those who had gone before.
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Keynote speakers announced for New Brunswick jobs summit

The provincial jobs summit - People, Skills, Jobs: Putting our resources to work - will feature Charles S. Coffey and Michael Haan as the keynote speakers. The May 12-13 jobs summit will also include two panel discussions. David Campbell, president of Jupia Consultants Inc., and Anne Hébert, chief executive officer of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick inc., will serve as moderators. Both are well known leaders in issues surrounding economic development in New Brunswick.
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Employers need to pitch in to narrow the skills gap; Janet Lane

There’s 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 is the shortage of workers with adequate essential skills.
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Authors bring literacy to life for kids in North Bay

More than 1,500 students from the Near North District School Board filled the bleachers of Nipissing University’s Robert J. Surtees Athletic Centre on April 29. They were there to meet and cheer for eleven visiting children’s authors from across Canada as part of the Ontario Library Association’s Festival of Trees.
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Minister Kenney Praises Career Colleges for Focus on Employer-Led Training

Speaking at the NACC’s annual conference, Minister Kenney stressed the ongoing need to train students for the current and emerging needs of the job market. Minister Kenney noted that by providing the right mix of in-class training and on-the-job experience, career colleges are ensuring their graduates have the skills employers need.
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Canada’s Best Jobs 2014: The most in-demand jobs by city

Hundreds of thousands of positions are posted in Canada each year, but for job seekers, it’s often hard to know where to look. Data from Workopolis, Canada’s biggest careers site, offers a snapshot of the markets in major urban centres.
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Join Literacy NL at its June 7th AGM

You are cordially invited to join us at our Annual General Meeting! The meeting is a chance to get to know others working in the field, and learn about the work of Literacy NL. Refreshments will be served.
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Second Annual Conference Helps NL Women and Youth Explore Skilled Trades Opportunities

Over 700 women and youth attended this year’s conference, which encourages participation for women and youth to explore the option of pursuing a career in a skilled trade, and meet a growing demand for skilled trade workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Office to Advance Women Apprentices is committed to ensuring more employment opportunities for female apprentices.
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Panel Urges Nova Scotians to Act Now to Improve Education System

The panel looking for views on education has issued a challenge to all Nova Scotians: if you want change, get involved. Myra Freeman, chair of the Minister's Panel on Education, launched the challenge today, May 8, while visiting students at Prince Andrew High School who were filling out the education review survey.
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MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) are pleased to announce that the theme for Canada's ninth annual Media Literacy Week (November 3-7, 2014) will focus on the positive uses of social networking by young people. The official theme of the week – Youth and Social Networking: Creative, connected and collaborative – will encourage teachers and parents to work with young people to promote the wide range of activities they use daily on social platforms.
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Nominations are invited for New Brunswick's Council of the federation Literacy Award. Deadline for nominations is May 31, 2014.
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Early Bird Registration for Summer Institute Ends Friday May 9

Summer Institute 2014: Exploring PIAAC Data - Enriching research, supporting practice, Early Bird Registration has been extended to May 9. We want to create space for dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and providers about uses of PIAAC and other data that allows researchers to draw new questions from the field, practitioners to apply research to interventions that improve results, and both to inform more responsive policy.
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The education ministers of N.W.T., Nunavut and Yukon met yesterday in Yellowknife to review current issues and discuss ways to continue working together to support education across Canada’s North.
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Alberta students earn post-secondary credits in high school

High school students across the province are benefiting from more opportunities to pursue their career interests with hands-on learning, thanks to dual crediting which gives students the chance to earn both high school and post-secondary credits for the same coursework.
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Most job seekers know that making a good first impression in a job interview is crucial, but they may not realize how little time they have to do it. A new survey from CareerBuilder.ca finds that nearly half (47 per cent) of employers say they know whether a candidate is a good or bad fit for the position within the first 5 minutes of the interview.
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Conference Board of Canada Learning and Development 2014 Webinar - May 8

In 2012-13, Canadian organizations spent an average of $705 per employee on L&D, an increase of only $17 from 2010 results. While organizations may not be spending dramatically more on L&D, survey results show that they appear to be making better use of their dollars by relying on informal learning and putting greater emphasis on e-learning.
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Government of Canada takes action to help apprentices and promote the skilled trades

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, spoke at the Canadian Building Trades Conference about the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to support apprenticeships and the skilled trades.
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Centre for Literacy Webinar Today: Numeracy in PIAAC

Numeracy in PIAAC: What role do Adult Numeracy and international surveys of adults’ competencies play in educational policy-making?
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Ken Coates: Failing the ‘average’ Canadian

Statistics Canada recently released new data on the narrowing earnings gap between high school graduates and those with a university bachelor’s degree showing that what Canadians have been led to believe about the cash value of a university education is, for a great many people, simply not true.
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