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Canadian workers lacking resources, engagement needed to get the job done?

To be highly engaged in today’s challenging workplace, employees must be given the capability to excel and the capacity to maintain their efforts over time. Sustainable engagement matters because it is the proverbial canary in the productivity mine.
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With higher education, it's all about the job: survey

According to a survey of 1,180 Ontario high school students in grades 10 and 11, commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, tomorrow's college and university students are decidedly job-focused today.
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Work ethic ingrained at an early age and often reflects home life: columnist

David Bednar, general manager of the CNE for the past 14 years, says the main change he’s seen in the hundreds of students he hires every year is that most kids today can’t seem to get earbuds out of their ears. “Take a young person today who’s never had a job and they literally don’t get it,” Bednar says. “They say, ‘I live my life on the phone, texting.’ They want to do that while they work.”
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Canadian 50-somethings plan to retire at 63 and keep on working? - survey

A new CIBC poll of Canadians in the heart of the baby boom (aged 50-59) shows that while retirement is just around the corner for many, they have come up short on their savings goals and plan to supplement their income by working in retirement.
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From May 23 to July 20, more than 3,500 young Canadians between the ages of 16 and 22 voluntarily pursued the opportunity to learn lifelong lessons in financial literacy via an online national contest. Each applicant was required to submit a 250-word essay summarizing insights gained from a custom financial profile generated by taking a quiz.
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Five must-have back-to-school items for post-secondary students

As September fast approaches, so does the shopping scramble to outfit university- and college-bound students with electronics and other back-to-school gear. How do you know which tools will actually make a difference in the classroom, or which will give you the most bang for your buck?
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Decoda’s funding will support innovative solutions that use literacy as a strategy to address cross-sector challenges in B.C. communities. All literacy solutions will be considered for this award, but increased attention will be provided to entries that address the broad definition of literacy. This includes computer use, continuous learning, numeracy, oral communication, reading, thinking skills, working with others, and writing.
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How to use social media for learning programs: Sarah Eaton leads webinar August 21

Over the past decade social media have changed how individuals connect online and share information and how organizations interact with stakeholders and customers. Did you know that social media are now being incorporated into learning programs from Kindergarten right on up through adult education?
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Survey finds career 'pathing' tied to job satisfaction

In the survey, nearly four out of 10 (39 per cent) workers interviewed said knowing their career path is very important to their overall job satisfaction. Nearly half (48 per cent) of respondents feel this feedback is at least somewhat important.
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Frontier College is currently seeking a Program Assistant (1 year contract) to assist the Computer Training Coordinator with implementing the Virtual Learning Portal project. This portal is an online web‐based learning management system. The goal of the project is to provide an accessible literacy and learning program for all Canadians regardless of their geographical location.
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Essential Skills Ontario discusses the skills gap

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) took some time to talk with its member, Essential Skills Ontario, about one of the most pressing challenges facing Ontario employers – skilled labour.
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Halifax to see unemployment rate drop to four percent: report

Employment growth in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is expected to strengthen rapidly through 2016, with the addition of about 12,000 new jobs as shipbuilding activity ramps up, according to a new report
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The Centre for Literacy invites nominations for two (2) board members for terms beginning in September 2012. The two members will be drawn from the Montreal-Ottawa region. Travel and accommodations will be covered for three or four face-to-face meetings per year for the first year. Other meetings and interactions will take place through distance technologies.
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April Smith and Hendrik Beune are known for their longtime DTES community involvement and advocacy work as well as social media photo and video documentation portraying the personal stories of the residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
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A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step

When asked to describe the learning initiatives she has been involved with since moving back to Vancouver, Pat emphasizes that she first had to deal with her housing and health issues, otherwise she couldn’t have done any of the learning she has done. Following this, seeing her daughter receive a degree from SFU was a huge motivator for her.
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By the end of the month, more than 2,300 Aboriginal youth will have improved their literacy skills while enjoying the fun of summer camp at 28 locations in Ontario. As part of the Lieutenant-Governor's Summer Literacy Camp program, these camps are managed by Frontier College.
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Hiring employees: How to avoid common mistakes

Just as candidates use new and creative methods to secure work, employers need to be pro-active when it comes to finding the people they need. This includes being aware of common pitfalls recruiting managers make and how to avoid them in your next recruitment and selection project.
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Following two months of little change, employment in July declined by 30,000, the result of losses in part-time work. The unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.3 per cent.
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The Edmonton Literacy Coalition, which was formed a year ago by different organizations that advocate literacy, aims to erase the stigma surrounding adults who struggle with reading. The campaign illustrates how low literacy levels can affect everyday life.
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AlphaPlus’ most recent report, Incorporating Digital Technologies in Adult Basic Education: Concepts, Practices and Recommendations, explores how digital technology is changing what it means to be literate in today’s world. It also explores the impact digital technology has on teaching and learning in Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.
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Literacy - Gandhi’s legacy lives on

From Rabindranath Tagore to Mohandas Gandhi to Amartya Sen, great Indian minds have addressed the necessity of holistic education for peace and personal development. This century-long legacy is reflected in the goals of a new UNESCO Institute.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce the theme for the 15th year of Family Literacy Day, January 27, 2013 - '15 Minutes of Fun!' Be sure to read more details on the new and improved Family Literacy Day website!
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Social finance is an approach to investment or managing money that aims to deliver social and/or environmental benefits. Social finance models are being widely explored as potential new sources of funding to address social/environmental issues. Since these investments must produce both a social and a financial return, proponents assume that social finance approaches are more likely to generate innovative practices and better performance by funding recipients.
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The “Whole Life” project was a two-year professional development and training project to support adult literacy educators to address learning disabilities (LD) in their practice settings. A number of tools were produced by the various partners in the project in order to meet this goal.
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If you're a Canadian job seeker, the traditional means of finding a job are still the most commonly used. Canadians ranked online job boards and newspaper ads as the most common ways to find jobs, according to a survey conducted by ICMA International and sponsored by Randstad Canada.
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Bristol, Tennessee’s Literacy Academy bridges digital divide

Now, as newspaper classifieds have dwindled and migrated online, that basic familiarity is needed just to find an ad for a job. Digital literacy is fast becoming an essential skill.
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The longitudinal study, published in the journal Child Development, was carried out by researchers at the University of Missouri, Columbia, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Vermont.
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Sudbury's mining sector will soon be getting a sense of how many skilled workers are needed in the community, thanks to an upcoming study.
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Ontario recognizes work of leader in literacy education

Premier Dalton McGuinty honoured the Barrie-based organization for its continued support and training to more than 100 community-based literacy agencies across the province. Community Literacy of Ontario is well-known for its leadership in online training including Literacy Basics, a self-directed online toolkit for literacy educators.
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Skill shortages filled by Native program

A new program designed by the Native Council of P.E.I. is helping people achieve success in education and fill jobs on P.E.I. in sectors where there are skill shortages. The SMART (Strengthening and Mentoring Aboriginal People for Realistic Training to Employment) program goes beyond the delivery of high school education, offering post-secondary training in areas where workers are needed on P.E.I.
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