Self confidence

Impact of the Learners' Retreat 2013 - Video testimonial: David Robicheau [Video - 1:15] (2013)

This is one of a number of short videos from Nova Scotia featuring participants in an adult learners’ retreat held in November 2013.

A young man describes how his self-confidence increased once he went back to school, and how one teacher in particular motivated him to learn so he could get a better job and provide for his family.

The retreat was organized by Literacy Nova Scotia.

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2014-05-30

Deanna Richard, Winner of a scholarship "Je ne lâche pas, je gagne !" [Video - 4:25] (2013)

This video features a 55-year-old Quebec woman who has recently completed high school and is now looking forward to studying at Montreal’s Concordia University.

She enrolled at the Huntingdon Adult Education and Community Centre, southwest of Montreal, at the same time one of her eight children was completing his secondary studies there.

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2014-04-08

You Have More Skills Than You Think – Part 1 [Video – 4:22] (2013)

This is the first in a three-part series of videos designed to help people identify the skills they already have, and see how those skills can be used in the workplace.

The video begins with an explanation of the nine Essential Skills (ES), including examples of how the skills are used in everyday life.

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2014-01-17

Putting Your Skills to Work: A Guide for Job Seekers (2013)

This document guides individuals through the process of identifying personal skills that can be used in the workplace.

The authors note that people re-entering the workforce or changing careers, along with those who have little or no job experience, may feel they lack the skills to find the job they want. However, many people have acquired Essential Skills (ES) through hobbies, personal computer use, and managing a home and family.

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2014-01-09

Make the Skills Connection: Building individuals' self-confidence as a first step to helping them acquire or enhance their employability and essential skills or ensure the success of their job-specific training (2001)

This case study offers suggestions for developing resources that would help frontline community-based employment counsellors better serve individuals with skills gaps that hinder their participation in the labour force.

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2013-11-07

Going to the Doctor: You can do it! (2010)

Written in clear language, this guide helps to make dealing with the health-care system a less intimidating experience.

The authors cover such topics as when to go to the doctor; making and keeping appointments; preparing for an appointment; answering the doctor’s questions; and taking prescribed medications correctly.

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2013-10-01

The Gift of Learning [Video – 0:42] (2013)

Prepared by ABC Life Literacy Canada, this brief promotional video encourages people to take the first step towards improving their literacy skills.

It features young adults talking about the changes in their lives and the confidence they have gained since making the decision to start learning again. One woman says that her reading improved by four levels in one year.

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2013-07-29

Case Study: Maisons Suprêmes (Tracadie-Sheila, NB) - Workplace Essential Skills (WES) Acadian Peninsula (2012)

This document provides an overview of a Workplace Essential Skills (WES) program carried out in 2011 at Maisons Suprêmes, a modular-home construction business based in the Acadian Peninsula region of northeast New Brunswick.

With an expansion planned, the company had become aware of gaps in skills among its workforce with regard to oral communication, teamwork, reading, writing, numeracy, and critical thinking.

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2013-05-30

Catching Confidence and Learning Essential Skills: Presentation during The Centre for Literacy Summer Institute 2010 in Montreal, QC (N.D.)

This discussion paper explores the idea of confidence as an indicator of success in learning, and introduces a tool designed to enable literacy practitioners to help adult learners record changes in their confidence during the process of learning.

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2012-11-05

The Dartmouth Learning Network – Changing the face of literacy in Dartmouth [Video – 9:10] (2011)

This video provides an introduction to the work of the Dartmouth Learning Network (DLN) in Nova Scotia, which provides academic classes and one-on-one tutoring for adults.

Learners describe how their work at DLN has not only improved their literacy skills, but also given them greater self-confidence.

The video includes interviews with DLN officials, who encourage both potential learners and volunteers to contact the network.

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2012-05-02

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