Education and economy

An Analysis of Adult Aboriginal Literacy Levels in the Northwest Territories – How skills influence outcomes - Part 3 [Video – 7:36] (2011)

This video is part of a presentation by T. Scott Murray on the results of an analysis, completed in 2010, of adult Aboriginal literacy levels in the Northwest Territories, and the effects of those levels on individuals, communities, and the nation. Murray is the president of DataAngel Policy Research, which collaborated with Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, to produce the videos.

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2012-06-14

An Analysis of Adult Aboriginal Literacy Levels in Canada – How we think about skills and how skills relate to policy – Part 2 [Video – 14:08 (2011)

This is the second of four sections of a video presentation by T. Scott Murray, president of DataAngel Policy Research, which collaborated with Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, to produce the series.

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2012-06-06

Part 1: An Analysis of Adult Aboriginal Literacy Levels in the Northwest Territories [Video - 10:06] (2011)

Literacy Skill Requirements in the Northwest Territories and the Ability of Aboriginal Peoples to Compete

This video is the first section of a four-part presentation by T. Scott Murray on the results of an analysis, completed in 2010, of adult Aboriginal literacy levels in the Northwest Territories, and the effects of those levels on individuals, communities, and the nation. Murray is the president of DataAngel Policy Research, which collaborated with Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, to produce the videos.

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2012-06-01

Guide to Understanding Literacy & Essential Skills in the Workplace (2011)

This booklet explains how literacy and Essential Skills affect the workplace and offers a list of programs and services available in New Brunswick.

The authors explain what the nine Essential Skills are and offer examples of each one. They also describe the benefits to both employers and workers from improved skills.

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2012-05-22

OCC Skilled Workforce Policies (2012)

In this document, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) calls on the government of that province to take steps to ensure future productivity and to head off projected labour shortages.

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2012-04-02

What is the Future of Learning in Canada? (2011)

In its final report, the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) states that Canada is slipping down the international learning curve, falling behind competitor countries and economies. The authors attribute this situation to the failure of governments to work together and to show collective political leadership.

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2012-02-16

Skills Agenda: Helping the Economic Recovery (2010)

This is a compilation of articles commissioned by The Alliance of Sector Councils (TASC) to provide an overview of the tools, programs and resources developed and delivered by Canada’s sector councils.

The material is grouped according to four themes: job-ready education; supporting diversity; training, standards, and labour market intelligence (LMI); and international comparisons.

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2011-12-16

The Importance of Functional Literacy: Reading and Math Skills and Labour Market Outcomes of High School Drop-outs (2006)

This study examines how literacy and numeracy skills affect the performance of Canadian high school dropouts in the labour market.

The authors note that their research shows these skills have significant effects on the probability of being employed and on the hours and weeks of work for both men and women. They also have a strong direct influence on the incomes of men, but not of women.

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2011-10-21

Don't think essential skills are important? [Video - 2:46] (2011)

This video, slightly less than three minutes long, focuses on the importance of Essential Skills (ES) for both building a strong economy and helping people lead fuller lives.

The level of a person’s Essential Skills can measured on a scale of one to five. A person with Level 1 or 2 skills will have trouble reading the instructions on a pill bottle, assembling a flat-packed bookcase, or calculating the sales tax on an invoice.

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2011-10-07

Literacy in Ontario: The bottom line impact [Video - 3:45] (2011)

This video focuses on the benefits to businesses of encouraging employees to improve their literacy and essential skills.

The producers of the video point out that improved skills lead to better employee performance; improved safety records; greater customer satisfaction; and higher employee retention rates. All of these factors help businesses strengthen their competitive edge.

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2011-08-05

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