workplace

Newcomers and the Workplace Video Series

AWES (Alberta Workforce Essential Skills) has created a series of videos to support newcomers seeking work in Canada.  They were developed to respond to language, essential skills and intercultural gaps for employment seekers. The series includes: Newcomers and the Workplace: The First Day at a New Job Newcomers and the Workplace: Asking Questions on Your… Read more

In the Workplace and In the Community

Today we’re revisiting two resources from Bow Valley College and NorQuest College that are now available through BC Campus as Open Textbooks. Bow Valley College and NorQuest College in Alberta collaborated to create two new e-textbooks for immigrant adult learners who require English language programming. They are open educational resources and freely available. In the… Read more

Literacy and the Economy

In WHAT NOW? | Opportunity Lost, a new policy brief from the Canada West Foundation, Janet Lane and Scott Murray review some recent analysis of international and Canadian literacy levels (including PIAAC data) and economic performance. The new research confirms that literacy skills are an important determinant of economic growth. Two of the main findings… Read more

New Workplace Curricula

Are you involved in workplace or workforce training? Check out these new publications from Community Literacy of Ontario! Last year, CLO received funding to support curriculum enhancements for Literacy and Basic Skills agencies. They identified occupational curriculum as an important topic with high interest from learners and practitioners. Working with four community-based literacy agencies in… Read more

Safety and Health Week

May 4th to 11th is Safety and Health Week (also known as NAOSH Week)! Celebrated in Canada, Mexico and the United States, this week focuses on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. You can find an article about the week in the May issue of… Read more

Safety and Health at Work

April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This annual event promotes safe, healthy and decent work. The 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) this year has inspired the theme of reflecting on progress in the past and continuing this work in the future with changing work environments.

Here to Help: Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services

Here to Help: Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services is a resource designed to assist newcomers to Canada find and retain entry-level positions in the food services industry. Designed by the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College, this resource emphasizes speaking and listening for busy, time-sensitive environments. A Learner Workbook aimed at Canadian… Read more

Literacy Lost

Literacy Lost: Canada’s Basic Skills Shortfall is a new report from the Canada West Foundation. Written by Janet Lane and T. Scott Murray, this report uses PIAAC data to describe the shortage of literacy skills in Canada and why that matters. Here’s the introduction: Workplaces are changing quickly. Machines or algorithms are replacing some tasks,… Read more

Ready, Set, Grow!

Ready, Set, Grow! is a workplace training program to help prepare adult students for entry level positions in the Ontario landscape industry.  This innovative project involves partners from industry, adult education, and employment. The free, Ontario government-sponsored program matches adult students facing challenges with local landscaping companies facing a serious shortage of workers. In addition… Read more

NAOSH Week

North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week started on May 6th and ends May 12th. This year’s theme is Making Safety a Habit. In 2015, Decoda published a workplace health and safety curriculum. Building Resilient Workers: Health and Safety at Work was a collaboration between the BCFED Health & Safety Centre and Decoda Literacy… Read more