Federal government invests in skills training for workers in P.E.I.
by CM Staff
This $59.9 million investment through the Skills for Success program will provide skills training for over 52,000 Canadians.
CHARLOTTETOWN — On Aug. 25, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that the Government of Canada is investing in 17 more organizations across Canada that are providing Canadians with the skills and support they need to succeed in the workforce. This $59.9 million investment through the Skills for Success program will provide skills training for over 52,000 Canadians.
Minister Qualtrough made the announcement at Workplace Learning PEI Inc. (WLPEI), in Charlottetown. WLPEI is receiving over $1.5 million to establish the ADAPT project. The ADAPT project is a partnership between Workplace Learning PEI (WLPEI) and the Government of New Brunswick’s (GNB) Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS) adult-learner support model. This project utilizes the Government of New Brunswick’s proprietary tools for screening for learning disabilities (LDORI) and their assessment for foundational skills gaps (ESSA) to target clients with learning disabilities who are employed or entering employment in Prince Edward Island.
Building on WLPEI’s network, ADAPT is piloting VLS’s new service of applying the VLS support model, and their tools, to the workplace environment in order to secure necessary workplace accommodations for workers whose learning disabilities affect their workplace functioning. This funding will enable WLPEI to provide learning disability awareness workshops for roughly 100 employers, along with an essential skills assessment for 500 WLPEI clients, and Virtual Learning Strategist services for 150 clients with learning disabilities.
The other projects across Canada being funded today will be:
- Neil Squire Society’s Digital Literacy Essential Skills: Digital Jumpstart project, which will help 300 participants with digital literacy upskill or prepare for the labour market.
- Strat HR Solutions’ Narrowing the Gender Gap: Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes with Skill for Success project, which will train 200 domestic violence survivors and racialized women of all skill levels across Canada to better prepare for and retain employment so they can succeed in today’s labour market.
- La Factry’s Canada Créatif project, which will implement a training program that will assist 375 French-speaking newcomers across Canada to develop their socio-emotional skills.
“Canada is facing labour shortages, and yet the untapped pool of talent in this country is deep. We need to make sure that every Canadian who wants to work, has the chance to. Through the Skills for Success Program, we’re investing in incredible organizations, like Workplace Learning PEI, who are helping workers across Canada get the skills and support they need to get a job, and go to work with confidence.” said the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough.