Fanshawe College to Provide Training for Vulnerable Adults as part of Elevate Canada Initiative

Initiative aims to find a faster and more effective way to train adults with the skills they need, while providing food processing employers with a skilled workforce to hire from

Essential Skills Ontario is pleased to announce their partnership with Fanshawe College as part of the Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing initiative. Fanshawe will be working with Essential Skills Ontario and food processing employers to deliver training to 250 adults in Ontario currently receiving income support and looking for work in the food processing industry. 

Elevate, funded by the Government of Canada's Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, will test delivery models that incorporate entry-level job skills, traditional literacy and essential skills, as well as complex communication and problem solving skills. The goal is that by incorporating the findings from this project, similar delivery models can be replicated across other Canadian industries and jurisdictions so that vulnerable adults can increase their labour force attachment.

“We are very pleased that Fanshawe College will be working with Essential Skills Ontario to deliver the training for the Elevate Canada initiative,” says Bruce Smith, Senior Manager of the Faculty of Regional & Continuing Education at Fanshawe College. “The food processing industry is growing rapidly in Southwestern Ontario, and we have been looking for new and innovative ways to work closer with the industry. We look forward to bridging more connections between education and industry to train those who need it most.” 

Over the last decade, the global economy has shifted the skill demands of industry and the general nature of work. While all individuals have felt the impact of these changes, low-skilled, low-income adults have felt it most. In order to accommodate these changes, the necessary skills for these types of positions need to be better defined – and more effective ways of delivering training needs to be established. Elevate will start to bridge the gap between literacy and essential skills providers, industry, service providers and employers to co-design and deliver the proper training these adults need.

“Fanshawe College has always been a forward-thinking educational institution that is continuously finding new ways to ensure their students get the most relevant skills employers are seeking,” says Lesley Brown, Executive Director of Essential Skills Ontario. “We are confident that Fanshawe’s trainers will be able to provide trainees with the quality training they’ll need to succeed in the food processing industry.”

For more information contact:
Amber Haas, Senior Communications and Marketing Lead
Essential Skills Ontario
(416) 963-5787 Ext. 29

News Date: 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014