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Workforce Development Initiative Shows Promise for Food Processing Industry

Over the past two years, Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), in collaboration with the Food Processing Human Resource Council (FPHRC) and various community service providers, have been working on an innovative workforce development demonstration initiative, Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada under the Adult Learning, Literacy and …

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The Future of Essential Skills Ontario

It is with deep regret that the Board of Directors of Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) announces the decision to close the organization, with active operations ceasing effective July 1, 2015. This decision follows changes in the federal government funding priorities away from work supporting adult literacy and essential skills programming across Canada. ESO, formerly the …

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New Report Shows Rural Communities Across Canada Facing Challenges

A new report released today shows that rural, remote and small towns across Canada are facing serious challenges. Fewer & Older: Population and Demographic Challenges Across Rural Canada identifies significant issues in rural communities across the country, including aging populations and youth migration. Over the past year, Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), along with our partners, …

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New Report Shows Population and Demographic Dilemma in Rural British Columbia

A new report released today shows that rural, remote and small towns in British Columbia are facing a serious dilemma. Fewer & Older: The Population and Demographic Dilemma in Rural British Columbia, identifies significant issues in BC’s rural communities, including the out-migration of youth and aging populations. The main objective of this particular report is …

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Register for our Webinar: Aligning and Measuring PS-TREs in the OALCF

Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments (PS-TREs) is an emerging concept and domain in PIAAC that is increasingly being utilized to capture the essential skills necessary to participate in our technologically advanced societies. Over the past few months, ESO has been working with LBS practitioners to develop tools to try to integrate PS-TRE into the LBS …

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Ontario PIAAC Map Now Available

Since the release of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey results, researchers at Essential Skills Ontario have been using the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) public database and Statistics Canada’s PIAAC Masterfile to unpack the data to determine its implications for Ontario and Canada. Today, Essential Skills Ontario …

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Career Ladders Phase II Guide Book Now Available

hough much has been written about Ontario’s skills gap as the economy continues to emerge from the recession, many workers have been left out of the recovery – facing difficulties both finding and maintaining employment. Yet at the same time, many employers indicate that they cannot find the people with the skills required to sustain …

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New Report Shows Rural Saskatchewan at a Crossroads

New Report Shows Rural Saskatchewan at a Crossroads A new report released today indicates that Saskatchewan’s rural, remote and small towns are facing challenges. Fewer & Older: Population and Demographic Crossroads in Rural Saskatchewan identifies significant issues in the province’s rural communities, including aging populations and the outmigration of youth. The main objective of this …

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First Two Cohorts Graduate from Elevate Training Program

First Two Cohorts Graduate from Elevate Training Program Over the past few months, Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), in collaboration with various community service providers, have been working on developing and delivering an integrated employer-tailored curriculum using Alchemy Systems’ platform to train vulnerable adults in Ontario seeking employment in the food processing industry. This two-year initiative …

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Take our Survey: Understanding the Challenges in Service Delivery to Vulnerable Adults

Essential Skills Ontario would like to invite you to complete this short survey to help us determine the challenges and challenges within Ontario’s training and employment field. This year’s survey focuses on issues related to vulnerable individuals as well as issues being faced by agencies across Ontario. Our hope is to compare these results to …

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