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Essential Skills in a Digital World
November 1, 2017 to April 30, 2021
Active

This project is developing, testing and evaluating a digital skills training model to increase the employability of Indigenous people. The target is members of the Edmonton/Treaty 6 area and Yellowhead Tribal Council First Nation communities of Alberta. The project is focusing on sectors such as business, finance and administration and natural and applied sciences.

Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation
Alberta
  • Indigenous
Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services literacy and essential skills is more for jobs
September 18, 2017 to December 31, 2020
Inactive

KKETS is testing a culturally appropriate literacy and essential skills (LES) program. The goals is to help Indigenous clients overcome barriers to participating in LES training. The proposed program will be available online for communities or individuals with internet access. It could also be a stand-alone program for communities or individuals without internet access.

Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETS)
Ontario
  • Indigenous
Upgrading environmental essential skills
August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2021
Active

This project is testing a new, flexible model to improve environmental professionals' essential skills. The proposed model will focus on jobs related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This work will improve career progression of employed experts through targeted essential skills training. The project will also provide essential skills training in Indigenous communities with a focus on environmental field work, such as monitoring.

Environmental Careers Organization Canada
Alberta
  • Employers
National work readiness and essential skill training for the mining industry
October 10, 2017 to August 31, 2021
Active

The project is improving and piloting Mining Essentials: A Work Readiness Training Program for Indigenous Peoples. The goal is to ensure it remains current, relevant and meets mining industry requirements to increase potential source of labour for the mining industry. The project is also piloting a new National Essential and Work Readiness Skills Training Program for youth, women, immigrants and official language minority communities

Mining Industry Human Resources Council
Ontario
  • Indigenous
Online job related customized (LES) training model for the manufacturing sector
July 17, 2017 to March 31, 2022
Active

This project is producing an essential skills training web-portal for small and medium-sized businesses. It will aim to create training solutions for their business needs. It will develop content for thinking skills to help employee in the manufacturing industry to adapt and succeed at work.

Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Restigouche Inc.
New Brunswick
  • Employers
Going the distance: engaging the hospitality sector in Aboriginal LES training development
May 15, 2017 to May 14, 2022
Active

FESA is replicating a previously developed workplace essential skills training approach to support Indigenous people to improve their skills. It will help participants to prepare for jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry in:

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Ontario
Further Education Society of Alberta (FESA)
Alberta
  • Indigenous
Building skills and scope:  empowering small- and medium-sized enterprises to participate in supply chain opportunities
October 10, 2017 to June 16, 2020
Inactive

LearnSphere tested a program to integrate essential skills into management and procurement of small and medium sized businesses in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and British Columbia. All jurisdictions will be able to adapt the resources and tools developed to respond to the needs for small and medium sized businesses using their own trainers.

LearnSphere Canada Inc.
New Brunswick
  • Employers
Mobile literacy and essential skills classroom
March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2021
Inactive

The goal is to address employment gaps between Metis and other residents of Manitoba. This will be done through customized Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) training in remote, rural and northern locations. It is developing a mobile LES program to increase access to training in these communities. It will help participants find employment.

Louis Riel Institute
Manitoba
  • Indigenous
Succeeding at work! Employability and essential skills model for jobs in the food manufacturing sector
November 4, 2017 to October 31, 2022
Active

This project is expanding an existing successful training programs. It aims to develop a training model for the whole food processing industry. This work will create a tool for employers and help job-seekers and employees to find and keep jobs in the food manufacturing industry.

Food Processing HR Council
Ontario
  • Job seeker
Integrating the key essential skills in newcomer career transition in IT industry
May 15, 2017 to March 31, 2021
Active

This project is testing the effect of embedding essential skills into the Navigating the Canadian IT (NaviCanIT). It will help newcomers who are IT professionals find and keep jobs, or progress in their careers.

Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
Ontario
  • Newcomers
Essential Skills for aboriginal business
October 18, 2017 to October 7, 2021
Active

This project is testing a training program that will provide employability skills, cultural resiliency and essential skills training together with practical workplace activities. It will provide participants with certifications such as food safety, first aid and first host, and work placements in the retail, tourism, entertainment, hospitality and financial sectors.

Native Education College
British Columbia
  • Indigenous
Change it up! Employment essentials: building sustainable & expandable les targeted training for first nations
July 4, 2017 to March 27, 2022
Active

This project is testing an innovative LES training approach on reserve. The goal is to help First Nations members of the Maskwacis region in Alberta. Training is focusing on Indigenous people from the four local First Nations communities to help them find and keep good jobs in the trades, hospitality, and services sectors. The goal of this project is to build partnerships with social enterprises.

Classroom Connections
Ontario
  • Indigenous
Improving reading & document use skills to improve success rates in apprenticeship training
July 7, 2017 to July 16, 2021
Active

This project is testing an instructor-led approach of literacy and essential skills training that is based on successful strategies for reading and document use skills. It aims to help apprentices and pre-apprentices succeed in training and exams. The approach includes train-the-trainer for instructors.

Bow Valley College
Alberta
  • Apprentices
Essential skills for aboriginal futures 'passing it on'
November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2022
Active

ACCESS will work with Indigenous Skills and Employment Training agreement holders to build their capacity to deliver a tested and successful essential skills training called Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures (ESAF). This project is being tested in Indigenous communities across Canada. It aims to address essential skills challenges in Indigenous communities through ESAF approach.

Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS)
British Columbia
  • Indigenous
Pan-Canadian distance education network for Essential Skills
February 18, 2019 to March 31, 2023
Active

COFA is an organization based in Ontario. It is partnering with official languages minority communities (OLMC) service providers in other provinces and territories to expand an existing online learning platform across Canada. It will help individuals to learn independently or as part of a distance instructor-led learning program. The new Official Languages Action Plan for 2018–-2023 includes workplace essential skills. This project will support this plan.

Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA)
Ontario
  • Official Languages Minority Communities
Tourism and Francophone Human resources in OLMCs – An integrated approach
June 1, 2017 to November 6, 2020
Inactive

COFA is testing an essential skills French language program in the tourism industry. Successful participants will gain hands on experience through job shadowing and employment opportunities.

Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA)
Ontario
  • Official Languages Minority Communities
Improving productivity and skills development in the construction sector through mentorship
May 15, 2017 to May 14, 2021
Active

This project is testing an innovative training approach that is integrating essential skills into mentorship in the construction trades. The goal is to improve skills and completion of training, and performance on the job for apprentices and journeypersons.

BuildForce Canada
Ontario
  • Job seeker
  • Indigenous
Employment first: workplace skills for refugees
October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2022
Active

The project aims to increase participation of refugees, focussing on refugee women in the local workforce. The project is testing an employment-first training approach for refugees with multiple barriers. It will provide customized, on-the-job essential skills training, and employability skills training. It will also engage with employers to employ participants.

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
Alberta
  • Newcomers
Enhancing employment programming for vulnerable youth: strengthening LES and program outcomes through design
November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2022
Active

The SRDC is partnering with youth training providers to identify and test proven approaches in essential skills and employment programs for vulnerable youth. The results of this project will inform future programs in the department that aim improve access to the training and supports needed to succeed. It will include measuring client progress towards employment goals.

Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)
Ontario
  • Youth
LES culture, confidence and competence
June 15, 2017 to December 15, 2020
Inactive

The project is testing a training approach that looks at cultural factors to improve essential skills, worker confidence, and workplace cultural skills. The goal is to improve employment outcomes for disadvantaged populations. The approach is also expanding the Aboriginal Women in Mining program to all demographics, and in three new sectors: security, transportation and forestry.

Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group
Ontario
  • Indigenous
Establishing a framework for the professional development of essential skills practitioners
March 18, 2019 to March 17, 2023
Active

This project is testing a new framework to standardize essential skills (ES) training for practitioners. The framework will be flexible and will allow customization to meet the needs of practitioners. It will make sure ES practitioner training is uniform across Canada, which will ensure similar approaches for learners in essential skills training.

BC Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council and SkillPlan
British Columbia
  • Employers
Enhancing displaced workers literacy and essential skills
February 18, 2019 to June 30, 2022
Active

The goal of this project is to increase knowledge and awareness of effective essential skills training for displaced workers. It aims to promote promising approaches in essential skills and improve employment outcomes for workers who have lost their jobs.

Decoda Literacy Solutions
British Columbia
  • Job seeker
Integrating essential skills tools for employment counsellors
March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2024
Active

The goal of this project is to enhance employment counsellors’ knowledge of essential skills resources and effective program delivery. This project will test a robust training program for employment counselling organizations in several regions.

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society
Alberta
  • Employers
Improving newcomer workplace readiness: essential skills embedded in the national language instruction for newcomers to Canada program
October 16, 2017 to March 29, 2021
Inactive

This project is testing ways to improve the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada program to support entry to the labour market. The project is improving language training programs with a focus on employment outcomes.

NorQuest College
Alberta
  • Newcomers
Journey to success – Essential skills in the workplace for indigenous youth
November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2021
Active

The goal of this project is to test a classroom and work placement training program that prepares participants for current and future job opportunities. It aims to support completion of apprenticeship training as well as progression to post-secondary education. The project focuses on the hospitality, tourism or construction trades.

Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board
Ontario
  • Indigenous
Manufacturing essentials
October 10, 2017 to April 9, 2021
Active

The goal of this project is to expand a proven essential skills program. It will also create and validate a new training program focused on employer training needs and employee performance. The custom, performance-based funding approach will target small-and medium-sized businesses in key manufacturing sub-sectors.

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
Ontario
  • Employers
Essential skills for Atlantic fisheries
February 1, 2018 to March 31, 2022
Active

This project aims to address workforce challenges in the fishing industry. It will develop and test of a job specific, mixed approach to essential skills training.

Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick
New Brunswick
  • Employers
Skills for hire: testing learning innovations to address skills gaps in the innovation communication technology sector
January 8, 2019 to January 6, 2022
Active

The goal of this project is to offer Information Communication and Technology training to job seekers and workers. It will help participants improve their technical skills and essential skills needed for entry-level positions.

Digital Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
  • Job seeker
Essential skills for employment - new perspectives and expanding boundaries
January 7, 2019 to December 31, 2022
Active

The goal of this project is to support essential skills and career advancement of vulnerable women, for example Indigenous, youth, mature workers and immigrants. The project will tests life skills coach and leadership training (in other words, train-the-trainer) and the Building Sustainable Futures approach with existing and new partners. It will also test the existing LinksToJobs employer engagement framework in a minimum of eight sites across Canada.

YWCA
Ontario
  • Job seeker
  • Indigenous
  • Newcomers
Workplace essential skills certification
February 25, 2019 to January 31, 2023
Active

This project aims to test a workplace essential skills certification for individuals with low essential and employability skills. The goal is to address the shortage of skilled workers in PEI by increasing employer integration of essential skills in workplaces. The program also aims to offer a reputable certification that employers recognize and trust.

Prince Edward Island Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning - Post-Secondary and Continuing Education
Prince Edward Island
  • Job seeker
Bringing essential skills to the bio-economy talent pool
May 15, 2017 to May 14, 2021
Active

The goal of this project is to develop a blended online and in-classroom program for essential skills needed in the bio-economy sector. The program is focusing on human resources managers and job seekers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

BioTalent Canada
Ontario
  • Job seeker
  • Employers
Virtual learning strategist model
March 14, 2019 to March 13, 2024
Active

The goal of this project is to expand a proven essential skills assessment and learning strategist training approach. The project aims to support registered apprentices to successfully complete training and obtain trade certification.

Government of New Brunswick
New Brunswick
  • Apprentices
Integrating essential skills into Manitoba’s employment services system
March 29, 2019 to March 31, 2023
Active

The goal of this project is to develop and test a new training approach that will integrate essential skills into Manitoba’s employment services.

Blueprint-ADE
Manitoba
  • Job seeker
ABC’s activate learning
August 19, 2019 to July 31, 2023
Active

The goal of this project is to expand a successful essential skills program in the workplace. It aims to test new essential skills introductory workshops for workplaces with Canadian Labour Congress in Newfoundland and Labrador. The goal is improve the essential skills of participants, focusing on underserved groups such as women, Indigenous peoples and newcomers.

ABC Life Literacy
Ontario
  • Job seeker
  • Indigenous
  • Newcomers
Literacy and essential skills for the building trades
September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Active

The goal of this project is to create and test an essential skills training program for rural and remote communities. It aims to address challenges of job seekers and workers in small, rural and remote communities, especially in northern regions.

Frontier College
Ontario
  • Job seeker
Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) National Literacy and Essential Skills Organization
August 15, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Active

The goal of this project is to create a national literacy and essential skills organization for anglophone and francophone OLMCs. It aims to address the needs of these communities, and bring together stakeholders in family and community literacy. It will support social inclusion, basic skills training for employment.

Le Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC)
Ontario
  • Official Languages Minority Communities
Newcomers language and Canadian skilled trades training
November 1, 2019 to August 9, 2021
Active

The goal of this project is to help newcomers who are skilled tradespeople improve their skills and prepare for employment in trades. The project will assess essential skills levels, provide language training specific to a trade, and work experience.

Government of New Brunswick
New Brunswick
  • Newcomers
Pathway to work: Increasing community capacity through training innovations
October 2, 2017 to October 1, 2021
Active

The goal of this project is to test a new training approach targeting all nine essential skills, and technical skills. The goal is to improve employability of Indigenous workers for construction-related careers in the energy sector. The project will train and certify service providers in order to improve their capacity to deliver job-specific essential skills programs.

Pathway to Possibilities (PTP) Adult Learning and Employment Programs
Ontario
  • Indigenous
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