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Employment minister gives provinces a break on jobs grant matching funds

Canada's provinces and territories will no longer be required to match the federal government's contribution towards the Canada Job Grant plan, under a revised proposal sent to them by Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney.
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The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) has welcomed the release by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, of the federal government's new international education strategy. The plan calls for a greater number of international students studying in Canada and more opportunities for Canadian students to study abroad.
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How to please millennials in the workplace: A step-by-step guide

They’re here and they will continue to arrive en masse in the workplace. Some are newly graduated from university or college, while others have a few years of work experience under their belts. These are the millennials – a group born between 1980 and 1995.
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Alberta wages surged, young men chose work over school: Statistics Canada

A new Statistics Canada report provides fresh insight into the skyrocketing wages that accompanied Alberta’s most recent energy boom. The report examines the years between 2001 and 2008, a period during which oil prices received by Canadian producers more than doubled.
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Cree classes teach language from the inside out

Reuben Quinn from Alberta sees the world through an eight-sided star. The 54-year-old Saddle Lake Cree man begins every Cree language class with the Nehiyaw Cahkipehikanah, the so-called star chart, a symmetrical arrangement of 44 syllabics that along with 14 consonants, comprise the Cree language.
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Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and observed annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
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To help determine how to better train low-skilled adults for various entry-level occupations that now require higher skill levels, Essential Skills Ontario, in partnership with the Food Processing Human Resource Council (FPHRC), is working on a new initiative - Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing (Elevate).
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Learner Supports Conference set for April 10-11 in Truro, N.S.

This conference is for practitioners under NSSAL, and offers meaningful learning experiences in order to best support their learners. The conference can accommodate 65 practitioners who are involved in direct delivery to adult learners from the community-based learning networks, NSCC ALP, and Adult High School.
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Literacy Nova Scotia invites adult learners to celebrate learning by putting their words to paper or recording a story on video. Describe how learning makes a difference in your life. All winners will receive an iPad Mini. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 7, 2014.
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New project to offer guidance on maternity leave and career transitions

A new CERIC-funded partnership project with Canada Career Counselling and the Vanier Institute of the Family will develop user-friendly career development resources for women on maternity leave and their employers. Called The Mother of All Career Transitions – A guide to maternity leave and career development, the project uses the term “maternity leave” inclusively to describe maternity, parental and adoption leave.
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Winter 2014 edition of Careering 'looks back and reaches forward'

Published by CERIC, Careering is a resource by and for career development professionals in Canada. It is distributed in both a print and digital format three times a year and includes select content in French. This issue of Careering marks CERIC’s 10th anniversary.
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Canadian Labour Congress responds to year-end labour force statistics

If you had to pick two words to sum up the job market for Canadians in 2013, what would they be? Looking at (the recent) release of year-end employment statistics, Ken Georgetti’s words are “discouraged” and “underemployed.”
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Labour Force Survey for December 2013: Statistics Canada

Employment fell by 46,000 in December, the result of declines in full-time work. The unemployment rate rose 0.3 percentage points to 7.2 per cent as more people searched for work. Dampened by the decline in December, employment gains in 2013 amounted to 102,000 or 0.6 per cent. Employment growth averaged 8,500 per month in 2013, compared with 25,900 in 2012.
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Canada's unemployment rate spikes to 7.2 per cent, surprises economists

For the first time in years, Canada has a higher unemployment rate than the U.S. Economists were expecting Canada to create about 14,000 net new jobs in December, but the country actually lost 46,000, Statistics Canada reports. The unemployment rate jumped to 7.2 per cent, up from 6.9 per cent, where it had sat for the past few months.
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The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s Board of Directors invites you to participate in a roundtable discussion about Engaging Youth in Apprenticeship. Learn more about youth perceptions of trades careers and share your insights for successfully engaging a new generation of skilled tradespeople. Your participation will inform new resources and outreach for youth, parents and educators across Canada.
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Literacy Now SO-S hosting plain language workshops

Literacy Now South Okanagan-Similkameen will host a Plain Language Workshop in Penticton, B.C., at the Wine Country Visitors Centre on January 23 and in Oliver at the Okanagan College on February 26. Organizers have added new content to provide you with the latest information on plain language. There will also be more information on plain language email and web communication, as requested by participants in 2013.
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What I wish I had known: 16 student tips on how to find a job

Be flexible and adaptable, and don’t have too big of an ego. There’s no job too small – approach everything you’re assigned with a positive attitude. Your employer will notice and trust you with greater responsibilities in time, but you have to earn that trust first. - From Tip No. 11
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Saskatchewan Education Minister Don Morgan has announced a $3-million investment to improve education outcomes for First Nations and Métis students. Members of the Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People were in attendance for the announcement.
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Ontario strengthens French-language post-secondary education

Ontario has designated La Cité collégiale in Ottawa a French-language service provider under the French Language Services Act. La Cité has been offering French-language post-secondary educational programs to its francophone students and community stakeholders since 1989. This designation officially recognizes the French-language services the institution provides.
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Youth Employment Fund creating jobs in Ontario

Ontario's Youth Employment Fund is helping young people across the province get training, find jobs and gain valuable work experience. Since launching in September 2013, the fund has helped employers across Ontario offer 5,792 four- to six-month job and training placements to young people looking for employment.
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Profile of the New Brunswick Labour Force

The structure of the New Brunswick population has shifted over the last 40 years. In simple terms, the senior cohort has been steadily increasing while the youth cohort has been steadily decreasing. How will this trend affect the province's labour force?
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Manitoba invests in campus, skills training facility expansion

Students from across the north in Manitoba who study and train at Frontier Collegiate Institute will soon have a new 57,000-square-foot campus expansion and receive valuable skills training. “Our government’s commitment to add 75,000 workers to the labour force by 2020 starts with ensuring every student can get quality education and training opportunities,” said Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.
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MentorshipBC goes mobile

Entrepreneurs looking for mentorship opportunities can now search on-the-go, with the launch of the mobile version of MentorshipBC. The searchable, easy-to-use database of business-mentoring programs will now operate on all smartphones and tablets.
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Workers in B.C. gain experience through community partnerships

More than $2.5 million has been committed to Community and Employer Partnerships since the program launched in April 2012, as part of the Employment Program of BC. The goal is to increase labour market partnerships, and employment opportunities and skills training for unemployed British Columbians.
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Brigid Hayes has released a follow-up document to her 'First Reactions to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Results.' "Having time for further reflection, I wanted to share additional thoughts about PIAAC," she says. "As always, these views are my own and this particular paper is not sponsored by any organization."
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Almost half (46 per cent) of Canadians aged 25-34 say they are worse off financially than they were two years ago while 40 per cent of those aged 35-44 say they are worse off financially. Despite that, 62 per cent of Canadians aged 25-34, say they're optimistic that they will be in a better financial position two years from now, while 60 per cent of those aged 35-44 say they remain optimistic for the future.
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Canadian Library Association announces new executive director

The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Valoree McKay to the position of Executive Director. Ms. McKay, a resident and native of Ottawa, comes to CLA/ACB with a strong background in national association leadership and management with an emphasis on advocacy, strategic planning, fundraising and membership development.
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How much job hopping is too much?

Leaving one job for a better one can be a smart career move, but too many employment changes in a short time span can give human resources (HR) managers cause for concern. In a Robert Half survey, HR managers interviewed said an average of six job changes in 10 years can prompt worries you're a job hopper.
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Skills training in the oil and gas sector gets $$ boost

As B.C. prepares for thousands of jobs in the oil and gas sector, the B.C. government is providing Northern Lights College (NLC) with $200,000 as it gears up to provide British Columbians the training they need to get a good paycheque in their back pocket.
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Will a surge of older workers take jobs from the young?

It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people. One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.
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