Job-Specific Language Training Key To Newcomers' Success In Job Market



    Focus On The Workplace As English-as-a-Second Language Week Kicks-Off

    TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Newcomers in Ontario will have a better chance
at success thanks to new English-as-a-Second-language training programs that
put the focus on learning workplace terminology specific to their field.
    Fifteen Ontario school boards are currently receiving Ontario government
funding through the Specialized Language Training Pilot Project to provide
language training that responds to the needs of local employers.

    Key occupational sectors for this program include:

    
    -   Accounting, business and finance
    -   Information technology
    -   Hospitality and tourism
    -   Health and home day care
    -   Manufacturing and service industry

    "Job-specific language training programs are a win-win for Ontario
newcomers and business," said Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Michael Chan.
    "Language skills are the foundation of success for newcomers. These
programs give newcomers the language skills they need to land jobs in their
field, improve their ability to communicate in the workplace and provide
employers with highly trained employees."
    This pilot project is expected to assist up to 2,100 newcomers with
occupation-specific language training.
    Over half of newcomers to Canada choose to settle in Ontario each year. By
2011, immigration will account for 100 per cent of net labour market growth.
    The Ontario government invests more than $50 million per year in adult
non-credit ESL/FSL language training. Funding will be increased by
$4.2 million for the 2008-2009 school year, bringing the funding increase to
school boards for non-credit language training to approximately 22 per cent
since 2003.

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                          www.citizenship.gov.on.ca


    Backgrounder

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                 SPECIALIZED LANGUAGE TRAINING PILOT PROJECT
    Newcomers to Benefit from Increased Workplace Language Skills

    The Specialized Language Training Pilot Project is being delivered by 15
Ontario school boards. The project delivers workplace-focused language
training that offers newcomers the opportunity to strengthen their language
skills so they can land jobs that reflect their qualifications or function
more fully in jobs they currently hold.

    The following school boards are participating in the pilot project:

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           School Board                      Language Training Sectors
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    Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB(*)        Finance, Information Technology and
                                         Engineering
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    Durham DSB                           Transport, Cartage and Logistics
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    Grand Erie DSB                       Pharmaceutical
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    Halton DSB                           Manufacturing Sector and Service
                                         Industry
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    Lakehead DSB                         Food Industry, Mining/Geology and
                                         Information Technology
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    Limestone DSB                        Palliative Care, Attendant Care,
                                         Personal Support Workers, Practical
                                         Nursing and Home Healthcare
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    London District Catholic School      Food and Beverage, Administrative,
    Board                                Business and Clerical
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    Ottawa-Carleton Catholic DSB         Home Day Care, Accounting and
                                         Hospitality
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    Peel DSB                             Accounting Basic, Business English
                                         and Customer Service
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    Thames Valley DSB                    Health Care
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    Toronto Catholic DSB                 Childcare, Home Daycare, Early
                                         Childhood Education Assistant and
                                         Early Childhood Educators
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    Toronto DSB                          Nursing and Home Healthcare, Support
                                         Workers and Personal Support
                                         Workers, Cleaning, Hospitality and
                                         Tourism
                                         Skilled Trades - Electrical and
                                         Carpentry
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    Upper Canada DSB                     Safety First
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    Upper Grand DSB                      Financial, Information Technology,
                                         Research and Manufacturing
                                         Management
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    Waterloo Catholic DSB                Professional Transport Driving
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    (*)District School Board

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For further information:

For further information: Daphne Shih, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460;
Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010

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