BURINGTON, ON, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Companies across Canada who hire
young people are being asked to try a free online employee training
resource, and share their feedback about its effectiveness. In 2010,
The Centre for Skills Development & Training launched "Summer in
Smallywood," the online game-based training tool that helps young
employees enhance their workplace skills.
"Young employees often need training that can help them improve
essential workplace skills, which are the foundation to a successful
career and life," said Kathy Mills, Chief Administrative Officer at The
Centre. "We have developed a fun, interactive and innovative approach
to employee training. We'd like employers to share their thoughts about
Summer in Smallywood with us so we can continue to make it a better
Staff at The Centre are asking employers across Canada to participate in
a phone call, in-person meeting or webinar to hear more about this
training resource. Employers who participate will be asked to share
their impression of Summer in Smallywood as an effective training tool.
Business owners, managers or human resources professionals across
Canada who regularly hire young people are invited to contact The
Centre to take part in this important program.
Phone: 1-888-315-5521 ext. 147
Online Contact Form: http://thecentre.on.ca/webinar
Summer in Smallywood is a free-to-play, online learning series funded by
the Government of Canada's Office of Literacy and Essential Skills. It
is designed to help young adults (ages 15 - 30) enhance their ability
to succeed at work by focusing on three Essential Skills: oral
communication, working with others and thinking skills. Essential
Skills are used in every job and daily life, and are the foundation
upon which all other skills are built.
"As the owner/operator of a small business, I don't have a lot of time
to mentor my young employees and teach them skills like communication,
teamwork and problem solving," said Kevin van Duyn, President & Owner
of Hill's Greenhouses Ltd. in Murillo, Ontario. "A resource like Summer
in Smallywood, which helps employees enhance these skills, is very
valuable to me. It is free to use and web-based and I can refer my
young employees to the games where they can learn at their own pace
while also having fun. I would definitely recommend that other business
owners and managers check out Summer in Smallywood to find out if they
too can take advantage of this valuable training resource."
Each module of Summer in Smallywood uses the learning properties of
video games, such as a focus on problem solving, exploration and
re-evaluating goals. The player is immersed in a game world where
learning about Essential Skills is vital to progression in the story.
The humorous story line, unique characters and intuitive gameplay are
features of Summer in Smallywood that players have said are the best
For more about Essential Skills:
Summer in Smallywood was developed by Untold Entertainment Inc.: http://www.untoldentertainment.com.
This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Office of Literacy
and Essential Skills.
The Centre for Skills Development & Training is a not-for-profit
incorporated affiliate of the Halton District School Board with
locations across Halton and in Mississauga. The Centre helps people at
all stages of life get on a path to career success—from youth just
starting out, to older workers who have been laid off; from newcomers
to Canada who need to improve their workplace English, to people
interested in the trades who need to build their technical skills; and
from small business owners looking to hire staff, to large companies
who need help developing and transitioning their workforce. Learn more
SOURCE: The Centre for Skills and Development Training
For further information:
Lorna Hart, Manager, Corporate & Business Development
905-333-3499 ext. 147 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria McDonald, Manager, Communications
905-333-3499 ext. 135 | email@example.com
The Centre for Skills Development & Training
860 Harrington Court, Burlington, ON L7N 3N4
www.thecentre.on.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org
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