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ThirdQuarter - an online forum that makes it easier for Canadians aged 45+ to find jobs

ThirdQuarter is an online forum that makes it easier for Canadians aged 45+ to find jobs that match their skills, while helping employers find potential employees who have the skills they are seeking.
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Why digital literacy is crucial

People need to know how to search for everyday information such as bus schedules, tax information and other important information that is part of every day living. Job seekers need to know how to search for and apply for jobs posted on the Internet and submit their resume through an online application system. If adults do not know how to do these things, they will fall behind.
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Assessment matters

Assessment Matters! is a series of policy-oriented research notes designed to explore educational issues in Canada and Canadian jurisdictions. These notes are based on the results of international and national assessment programs.
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More seniors in Nova Scotia to benefit from literacy program

Nova Scotia Seniors Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse has announced improvements to the Seniors' Literacy and Learning Grant Program. Previously, organizations could apply for up to $5,000 in funding. This year, up to $10,000 will be available per application.
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New surveys suggest that training programs provide recruiting advantage

Companies that invest in their employees' professional development have an edge when recruiting information technology (IT) professionals, new research from Robert Half Technology suggests. Sixty-eight per cent of IT workers surveyed said that the ability to acquire new skills in a role is very important when evaluating a job opportunity.
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Two out of three students appreciate the back-to-school season and look forward to the new school year, according to a recent survey. In fact, the survey shows that students more than parents or teachers lead the way in appreciating the back-to-school season.
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Through Modus, NALD is providing quick, easy Internet access to assessment tools that are available across Canada, saving users the time and work of having to locate these resources on their own.
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On trend: These are not your parents' jobs

When you were a kid, you might have dreamed of being a doctor, a teacher or a veterinarian. You likely determined your career options by looking at the people around you and seeing what jobs they held. But it’s a new world, and there is an array of careers many people know nothing about.
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A new video, entitled "Your Guide to Understanding the Canadian Human Rights Act," provides information on human rights in American Sign Language (ASL), Québec Sign Language (LSQ), English and French captioning, and English and French voice-over. The video is available on the Canadian Human Rights Commission's website and the website of the Canadian Association of the Deaf.
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A new CIBC poll conducted by Harris/Decima shows 14 per cent of Canadians carrying debt believe they will never be debt-free - a number that jumps to 21 per cent for Canadians 65 years of age and up.
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Room for savings: Get the most from your travel accommodation buck

Want to stretch your vacation budget? Discover your accommodation personality and check out these online options to save a lot of cash. It’s a sad reality: Canadians don’t get a lot of vacation time. In fact, a survey by Mercer human resources consultants found that we receive less holiday time than other developed countries in the world, averaging only 19 days a year.
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How should teens handle money earned from summer jobs?

For teenagers who get to cash summer paycheques, job one is not to spend it all. After they earn their own cash for a year or two, and learn basic money-management skills, they will be better equipped to take that next step of investing, says Joline Godfrey, author of Raising Financially Fit Kids.
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This is foundational training for practitioners in their first year of working with adult literacy learners, but seasoned practitioners are welcome to participate. Those who work with adult learners in some other capacity, such as coordinators, support staff, board members, and administrators may find some of the modules useful in their work as well.
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The premiers believe that the federal government must collaborate with the provinces and territories and support them in a way that ensures the most effective and successful programs will continue to benefit Canadians. The premiers reiterated their position that federal funding agreements or initiatives such as the proposed Canada Job Grant must allow jurisdictions to opt out, with full compensation.
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Nova Scotia employers to better prepare apprentices for jobs

Young Nova Scotians will soon get better apprenticeship training and more jobs here at home. Employer and industry representatives released recommendations recently to create an apprenticeship system that builds a highly skilled workforce for the growing job opportunities in the province.
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In October 2013, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will release findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) – the most comprehensive and ambitious survey of skills ever undertaken amongst OECD countries. The survey will provide Canada a unique opportunity to not only measure skill levels, but examine how skills are used at work and the relationships between skills and socioeconomic outcomes.
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Survey: Six in 10 workers would leave their jobs due to low engagement

A little motivation goes a long way, a new survey from OfficeTeam suggests. More than six in 10 (61 per cent) workers interviewed admitted it's at least somewhat likely they would leave their current position if they felt disengaged. That's bad news for some employers: more than one-quarter (26 per cent) of professionals said their company is not effective at keeping staff motivated.
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“I think [improving your speaking skills] will help you get hired, and I think it will help you stay employable,” says Mitch Joel, president of Twist Image, a Toronto-based digital marketing agency. “You have to be competent, you have to be smart, you have to have a product or service that does what it says it does, but beyond that, all you have left as a competitive advantage is your ability to present that to someone else and have them believe in it.”
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Please send a CV and cover letter to info@centreforliteracy.qc.ca by August 2, 2013. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Deadline: August 2, 2013. Start date: September 3, 2013.
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Fall Institute 2013 – Interpreting PIAAC Results, Understanding Competencies of the Future

Registration is now open! The Centre for Literacy is inviting you to the Fall Institute. It will be held in Montreal on October 27-29, soon after the release of the PIAAC results.
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Mark your calendar: Learn@Work Week is Sept. 23-27, 2013

Workplace learning has a positive impact on employee performance and productivity, and is crucial to a healthy Canadian economy. Join Canada’s workforce as it engages in learning activities and professional development events September 23-27, 2013, and power up your workplace!
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Scaling the Heights for Literacy

On July 11, Frontier College's newest board member, Bill Roberts, embarked on a harrowing 250 km wilderness trek that took him through the rarely explored Torngat Mountain Range, with a goal of climbing Mont D'Iberville, the highest mountain on the Quebec/Newfoundland & Labrador border.
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Canada's education ministers have confirmed that the country is in a strong position to meet the challenges stemming from long-term trends such as the aging population, the intensification of the knowledge economy, and the acceleration of technological change. They also underscored that education systems must be sustainable, more innovative, and that more needs to be done to reach those Canadians who have so far benefited the least from the learning opportunities provided by provincial and territorial systems of education and training.
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Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey: Full report for June 2013

In June, employment was virtually unchanged and the unemployment rate remained at 7.1 per cent. In the first half of 2013, employment growth averaged 14,000 per month, slower than the average of 27,000 in the last six months of 2012.
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NALD's new Studio: Our Feature of the Month

National in scope and crossing various industry sectors and geographic regions, Studio serves as a base from which employers and practitioners are able to access exemplary models on which to base their workplace education programs.
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Annual summer reading program kicks off in Nova Scotia

The TD Summer Reading Club launches this month nationwide and public libraries are hosting a variety of activities that include author visits, story-telling sessions, reading games, book discussions and related crafts. This year the theme is GO!, encouraging children to journey to any place they want to go through the magic of reading.
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Most Canadian commuters drive alone to work: survey

Some 15.4 million Canadians endure a daily commute to and from work, most of them behind the wheel, Statistics Canada said in the latest batch of numbers from the 2011 National Household Survey, the replacement for the cancelled long-form census.
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No need for more gadgets in the classroom: commentary

When it comes to technology in the classroom, many school principals seem to think more is better. After all, how can they provide students a solid 21st-century education unless they ensure classrooms are fully equipped with the latest technological gadgets?
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Information and Connections: Theme of NALD Annual Report for 2012-2013

NALD is the lead network that Canadians rely on to connect them with information, tools, resources, knowledge and expertise to enhance life-long and life-wide learning. To obtain information about our connections and activities for the last fiscal year, read the NALD Annual Report online.
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NALD is pleased to announce that Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council in Ontario has won the 2013 NALD Innovative Technology Award for its Good Learning Anywhere (GLA) Program. Now marking its 10th anniversary, GLA widely delivers learning curricula in a structured way through online learning platforms.
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