November 2011

Presenter Name(s): 
Brigid Hayes
Webinar Title: 
Labour Market Agreements: What Literacy & Essential Skills Programs Need to Know

Each year, through the Labour Market Agreements (LMA), the provinces and territories receive over $500 million dollars for training people who are not eligible under Employment Insurance (EI). LMAs are one of the key funding mechanisms through which the federal government invests in adult education, including literacy and essential skills training, and signal federal priorities in the labour market as they relate to essential skills. As some LMA agreements are winding down and new negotiations will have to begin, discussions must begin on how to maximize the potential federal investment in the next round of LMA agreements.

This FREE, one-hour webinar will provide you with:
• An overview of the labour market agreements – what are they, how they work, and why they are important
• What has been happening in other provinces and territories
• The Ontario situation – a review of how Ontario has chosen to spend its LMA funding, especially to support literacy and essential skills
• Challenges and opportunities – why this should matter to the literacy community and what might be done to enhance LMA literacy and essential skills activities

Brigid Hayes is an independent consultant and has successfully developed a strategic planning and policy development practice involving workplace literacy, essential skills, partnership development, research, and evaluation.  She serves on a number of advisory committees, is a Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission commissioner, and has published articles on workplace literacy and accountability. 

From 2003 to 2006, Brigid was Director, Labour with the Canadian Labour and Business Centre (CLBC) where she was the Director of Labour.  From 1989 until 2003, Brigid was a Program Consultant with the National Literacy Secretariat, Human Resources Development Canada responsible for the Business-Labour Partnerships.

Brigid holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. 

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Webinar Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 1:00pm