Essential Skill 1: Reading Text
Reading sentences or paragraphs. For example: notes, letters, emails, magazines, manuals, regulations, books, reports, product labels, legal agreements. Includes words on paper and words on a screen.
Essential Skill 2: Document Use
Understanding visual images such as graphs, lists, tables, drawings, symbols, signs, maps, labels, forms, x-rays. The visual display or arrangement gives meaning to the content.
Essential Skill 3: Numeracy
Using numbers and being able to think in terms of “amounts”. For example: Money math, Scheduling or budgeting/accounting, Measurement/calculation, Data analysis, and Estimation may require solving problems by using numbers.
Essential Skill 4: Writing
Writing words to share ideas. For example: Writing notes, emails, letters, reports, orders, logbook entries, text messages. Includes “pen and paper” writing and keyboarding.
Essential Skill 5: Oral Communication
Speaking and listening to share thoughts or information. For example: greeting, telling stories, giving advice, sharing ideas, facilitating, coordinating tasks, explaining, discussing. Can be face-to-face, or using technology.
Essential Skill 6: Working With Others
Interacting with family, friends, community members, students and co-workers to accomplish tasks together.
Essential Skill 7: Thinking Skills
Using your brain to: Solve problems, Make decisions, Think critically, Plan and organize tasks, Remember and Find information
Essential Skill 8: Digital Technology
Using technology. For example: computers, cell phones, GPs, digital cameras, iPods, and MP3s, gaming devices, computerized cash registers, Blackberries, iPhones. Includes using the Internet and email.
Essential Skill 9: Continuous Learning
Gaining skills and knowledge throughout life. Includes: Learning how to learn, Understanding your learning style, Knowing how to find resources and learning opportunities.
Minister Bergen announces investment to help Canadians in B.C. Rockies region gain job skills
August 18, 2014 – Cranbrook, British Columbia – Employment and Social Development Canada
The Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development) announced today.
Kootenay Employment Services will receive more than $509,000 from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities for its project to help those with varying abilities get jobs.
The project will provide up to 44 Canadians living in the B.C. Rockies region with help to overcome barriers to employment through either skills workshops on topics such as résumé writing and interview techniques or work placements with local employers. Participants join throughout the year and, since April, four have started the skills training component, while 17 have begun their work placements with the goal of gaining permanent jobs with their employer. The project runs from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
This is part of the Government of Canada’s overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs.
- To provide more training solutions related to in-demand jobs for Canadians with disabilities, Economic Action Plan 2013 announced an increase in funding, to $40 million annually, for the Opportunities Fund.
- Since 2006, the Opportunities Fund has helped over 34,600 Canadians with disabilities.
- On April 25, 2014, Minister Kenney announced that the governments of Canada and British Columbia signed a renewed Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities that will better meet the employment needs of Canadian businesses and improve employment prospects for Canadians with disabilities, helping residents in British Columbia get much-needed skills and training to find jobs.
- The Government of Canada is inviting organizations to apply for funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund for projects that will increase workplace accessibility for Canadians with disabilities. The Call for Proposals, which opened on August 6, gives eligible organizations in all provinces and territories the opportunity to submit proposals until October 1, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/index.shtml.
“To support Canada’s long-term prosperity, we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity to do so. Canadians who face particular challenges entering the job market need help overcoming barriers, and that’s why partnerships with organizations like Kootenay Employment Services are so important.”
– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
“We know that there are some talented individuals who face unique challenges when it comes to finding work. This is why I am pleased that our government is helping Canadians in Kootenay–Columbia develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs.”
– David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay–Columbia
“It has been said that the best social program in the world is a good job, and that is where the Working Solutions Program comes in. This program creates a vital bridge for people with disabilities to access meaningful employment. Working Solutions is not a grant, but rather an investment in human capital that provides multiple returns. People with disabilities become valued members of the workforce, empowered with skills, self-confidence and an income that allows them to contribute to social systems rather than depend on them.”
– Hugh Grant, Executive Director, Kootenay Employment Services Society
- Funding: Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
- Economic Action Plan 2013: Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
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